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THE WORLD'S #1 KIMIFG PUBLICATION 

12 Mom-and-Pop Knife Stores, 2000 Style 

Buy handmade, hi-tech and traditional all in one shop. By Mike Haskew 

22 j'J J W J The Randall Answer Man 

Former Randall shop foreman answers your Randall questions. By Pete Hamilton 

24 Big-Stomp-Steel Rolling Mill 

An amazing machine makes damascus steel-by the roll! By Hugh McDonald 

32 Gent's Folder Gems Down Texas Way 

Johnny Stout makes a knife born lo handle and carry. By Butch Winter 

42 A Super Handle Finish-With Super Glue®! 

Do tl safely for a high-gloss, durable grip. By Bill Hemdon 

48 Q&A: 1 2 Keys To Hollow Grinding 

Get a dozen tips from the author and Bob Lum. By Wayne Goddard 

50 Survival of the Hottest 

Track trends in the sharp world of handmades. By Joe Kertzman 

58 Rating the Top Factory Stainlesses 

Here's the sharp skinny from the pros. By Steve Shackle ford 

66 Living-History Knives with Stories to Tell 

Daniel Winkler pieces are new blades of old. By Mike Haskew 

74 Ti Flies 

Name it on a knife and it can be titanium. By Joe Kertzmcm 

114 Maxing Out The Magna 

Carson/Outdoor Edge folder goes the distance. By MSG Kim Breed 

116 What to Look For in an Everyday Using Blade 

Performance, size, com furl- these and other trails all factor in. By Roger Combs 

124 SNAP! 

The failure of an inferior blade is worse than having no blade at all. By Ed Fowler 

iBLADfc SPOTLIGHT 





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6 Unsheathed 


103 


What's New 


7 Cover Story 


107 


The BLADE Effect 


8 BLA DE® Wall Calendar 2000 


108 


Ad Index 


If) Readers Respond 


109 


Show Calendar 


21 The Knife I Carry 


110 


Knifemaker Showcase 


72 Your Knife Rights 


113 


Where To Get 'Em 


82 Co ve r G i vea w ay K n i f e 


113 


Next In BLADE 


83 BLADE Shoppe 


120 


Handmade Gallery 


99 Where To Net "Em 


122 


Goddard's BLADE Workshop 


int) BLADE List 


128 


GUILD SHOW PREVIEW 


102 Classified Ads 


130 


Hot Handmade 


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WORLD'S #1 KNIFE MAGAZINE 
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UNSHEATHED 



1 By Steve Shackleford 



The Unofficial 2000 12 
Hone-Boy Awards Cometh 



Following are the first unofficial 
Hone-Boy Awards, honors recog- 
nizing events in the knife industry — 
some sharp, some dull, some, you make 
the call — over the first half of the year. 
The envelopes, please: 

Estes kr fiim it Award— Named in 
dishonor of the Tennessee senator 
instrumental in the infamous 1958 
federal switchblade act. this one goes to 
the California legislature for banning 
"undetectable knives" — basically, non- 
steel knives — thus making criminals out 
of flint knappers and makers of knives 
with ceramic, carbon-fiber, etc., blades, 
and otherwise creating an entire new 
black market for non-steel knives. 

Company Comeback Award — To 
Marble's, Becker Knife & Tool. Ek 
Commando Knives and Blackjack, each 
for either re-entering, or furthering its 
foothold on its return, to the knife indus- 
try. 

Poinled Pulitzer® Award — To 
Wayne Goddard and Bob Terzuola for 
their respective new books. The Wonder 
of Knifemaking and The Tactical Folding 
Knife- Perhaps never before have two 
knife books been so timely, well written 
and well presented. Kudos to Goddard 
and Terzuola and, of course, to the 
Krause Book Division. (For information 
on how to get your copy(ies). contact 
Krause Publications. Dept. PRBL, 700 
E. State. I ola. Wl 54990 [80(1] 272-5233.) 

Youre-Sleel-On-My-Mind Award — 
To all the companies that have intro- 
duced new steels or blade materials — 
including Talonile, XI 5 T.N, ACUTO 
440 and Z60CDV14— as well as the 
companies which have "rediscovered" 
BG-42and I54CM. 

Gotcha Award — To Ed Fowler, for 
totally faking out scores of readers in his 
story, "Found: The Lewis & Clark 
Knife," in the June BLADE (which 
appeared around April I). BLADE 
received a number of Idlers from people 
who said they were at first put out with 
Fowler for destroying in tests such a 
"valuable find," and then laughing once 
they read the "April Fool's" message at 
the end of the story. The article fooled 
so many knife enthusiasts on one Inter- 



net chat room that they were all 
calling for Ed's head until one of 
them read the story all the way 
through and let the chat roomers 
in on the joke. 

Friday NITRO® Award- 
To Busse Knife Co. for the knife 
ad with company owner Jerry 
Busse's scarred hand in it, a 
hand injured while Jerry was 
making knives. Eat your heart 
out, pro wrestlers on the WCW 
circuit! 

Paul Davis Award — -Named 
in honor of the late poeketknife 
collector who left a lasting 
impression on almost everyone 
he met. this honor goes to Joe 
Drouin, Al Williams and J.W. 
Denton for ensuring that the 
knives in the Drouin and 
Williams collections will be 
enjoyed by future generations. 
Drouin donated parts of his 
collection to the Guild, ABS 
Museum and National Knife 
Museum. After buying Williams' 
gargantuan collection of Bob 
Loveless knives, Denton is in the 
process of selling it to Loveless 
collectors, 

$6<f-Million-Question 
Award— To "What will be the next trend 
to replace tactical folders?" While tacti- 
cal folders remain in demand, some 
makers have voiced concerns over the 
Hooding of the market with same. If you 
have the answer, there are scores of 
knife companies and knifemakers await- 
ing your call — and so is this writer. 

Dream Team Award — To Bob Love- 
less and Marble's for teaming up on a 
design based on Loveless's tried-and- 
true dropped hunter. It is a classic mix of 
Marble's leather-washer handle with red 
fiber spacers and slag butt, and Love- 
less's time-honored blade design. It is a 
natural for the 71-year-old Loveless, who 
has admired Marble's knives from the 
days of his youih. 

Public Enemy No. 1 Award — To this 
writer, bestowed upon him — among 
other names of varying ill repute — after 
penning the "Unsheathed" in the May 




Bob Terzuola not only made the September BLADE® 
cover knife but his new book on how to make a tacti- 
cal folder was a co-winner of the Unofficial 2000" 1 
Pointed Pulitzer® Hone-Boy A ward. 



BLADE on the magazine's policy of not 
publishing stories on how to fight with a 
knife. And no, there is no truth to the 
rumor that this writer will appear in the 
starring role of Shiv Corleone in the 
latest God father sequel. Never Bring A 
Knife To A Tommy-Gun Erg/u. 

Way Outback Award — To Austra- 
lia's Hugh McDonald, author of this 
issue's story on his ingenious "Big- 
Stomp-Steel Rolling Mill," an apparatus 
based on the old-time washing machines 
that squeezed the water from the wash 
between two rubber mangles — only in 
this case, instead of the wash, damascus 
steel is "squeezed" together through two 
metal mangles. 

If you have any suggestions for addi- 
tional Hone-Bov Awards, send them to: 
BLADE Magazine. 700 E. State, I ola, 
Wl 54990 e-mail blade@krause.com. 

BtAOE 



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SEPTEMBER 2000 



A COVER 
STORY 




The cover knife is Bob Terzuola's 
ATCF, based on [he first tactical 
folder ever made by the maker some 
call the "granddaddy of tactical-folder 
makers.'' and which, as Terzuola points 
out, "Very well makes the design the 
granddaddy of all tactical folders as we 
know them today." It is also the fifth 
knife overall— and first handmade 
piece — in BLADE'S® exclusive Cover 
Knife Giveaway program (for informa- 
tion on how you can w-in the cover knife, 
see page 82). 

ATCF stands for Advanced Tech- 
nology Combat Folder and, as Terzuola 
avers, is a landmark piece for much 
more than just being the first of its kind. 
"It was the first knife in any kind of 
benchmade mode using titanium for a 
handle. Michael Walker had used tita- 
nium beforehand but on his one-of-a- 
kind decorative knives. (With the 
ATCF), I'm talking about on an afford- 
able benchmade knife," Terzuola clari- 
fied. "It was also the first folding knife 
to use G-10 for a handle. It was also the 
first knife with the thumb disc on top of 
the blade." Bob said there are other 
firsts for the ATCF, but you get the 
idea. 

The blade is ATS-34. and the handle 
and liners are 6AL4V titanium. Closed 
length: 4 7/8 inches. The maker's 
suggested list price: $375. 

For more information contact Bob 
Terzuola, Dcpt. BL9. 3933 Agua Fria, 
Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 473-1002. 

The cover shot is by Ross Hubbard. 

Blade 





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READERS RESPOND 



This Is Your Column! And we want to know what you think. Do 
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37363-0789. or visit our web site: www.blademag.com or e-mail: 
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to fit the space available. 



Makers Can Never Be Too Safe 

I am a diplomat of the American Board 
of Industrial Hygiene and an avid 
reader of BLADE®. I feel compelled to 
comment on the article on Talonite on 
page 2S in the March issue. 

While cobalt tungsten carbide alloys 
are nearly as hard as diamonds and have 
other qualities lhal lend themselves to 
making superior knives, their use can be 
problematic. Grinding or abrasive-blast- 
ing cobalt tungsten carbide alloys 
requires special ventilation, respiratory 
protection, and housekeeping precau- 
tions to prevent causing Hard Metal 
Disease. Hard Metal Disease is a serious 
occupational lung ailment characterized 
by pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial 
pneumonitis. Cobalt is believed to cause 
both the irritation and sensitization of 
the lungs in Hard Metal Disease. It is 
much easier and less expensive to 
prevent Hard Metal Disease than it is to 
treat it. If knifemakcrs want to employ 
new alloys and materials, they should 
insist on getting a materials safety data 
sheet (MSDS) from the vendor. The 
MSDS will outline information needed 
by knifemakers to ask informed safely 
questions about working with a given 
alloy or material. 

Gregory Harvey. Beavenreek, Ohio 



Image is Everything 

After reading Mr. Schneider's letter in 
the "Readers Respond" of the May 
BLADE, I went back and reread Mr. 
Gannon's letter in the February issue. I 
suggest Mr. Schneider do the same. 
Maybe a couple of times. 

We all live in an age when a young 
person cannot carry a Swiss Army knife 
to school without threat of expulsion. 
BLADE even published a story of an 
honor student being punished for exactly 
the same thing. Mr. Gannon's point is 
very clear and well made. 

Knives are both tools and weapons. 
However, if people focus on the classifi- 
cation of knives as weapons, it draws 
unnecessary negative attention to knives. 
This reinforces the anli-knifers" stance to 
the detriment of cutlery enthusiasts. Like 



LETTER OF THE MONTH 

I read "California Bans Undetectable 
Knives" in the May BLADE about 
the state's new law that would make it 
illegal lo own, make or sell undetecta- 
ble knives. All I can say is that I am 
glad I do not live in the "People's 
Republic of Kalifornia." 1 doubt if I 
ever will visit il again, either. I wonder 
if all the flintknappers who practice in 
California now will be forced to move 
or stop making those "deadly, gang- 
related obsidian weapons"? I suppose 
grocery stores no longer will be able to 
slock plastic knives, along with their 
disposable forks and spoons — or are 
plastic forks slabbing weapons also? If 
California were really serious about 
stopping knife-and-gun-related 
violence, it would ban said violence in 
the movies produced in that stale. 

Bruce Fleming, Des Moines, Iowa 



it or not, the politics of freedom must be 
handled delicately. You may be thinking. 
"The only way they are going to gel my 
knife from me is to pry it from my hand 
after I'm dead," but for goodness sake, 
do not say that oul loud. It would only 
antagonize the opposition, which, unfor- 
tunately, happens to be in the majority, 

If we, as knife enthusiasts, are to 
continue to enjoy the freedom to carry a 
knife, then we must applaud and support 
companies like Buck Knives, which has 
spent a great deal of lime and money to 
combat anli-knife legislation. And we 
need to support the American Knife & 
Tool Institute, Z? /./!/)£" should do its part 
by not projecting a conflieling message or 
image through irresponsible advertising. 

It would be interesting lo poll 
BLADE readers to see how many have- 
used their knives in self-defense, exclud- 
ing military service. There are very few 
of them. I am sure. Mr. Schneider may 
feel more secure carrying a knife but the 
odds are he never has and never will 
need to use il in self-defense. 

The overwhelming majority of knife 
enthusiasts employ their knives to open 
letters, cut cardboard for recycling and 
the rope with which to bind it or, my 
favorite, eat an apple. The knife I do this 



with is a Ben eh made AFCK 800BT. If 
that seems like a lot of knife for those 
types of tasks, il is. However, 1 loo enjoy 
the sense of security in carrying such a 
piece. Should I ever he confronted by 
some lunatic. I want the first thing he 
sees to be 4 inches of hard, black steel. 
Hopefully, the sight of my knife will give 
him cause lo relhink his next move, just 
long enough for me lo execute my next 
move — run like hell! 

BLADE is doing a good thing by 
donating valuable space to the AKTI. 
The April issue is a great example. Page 
5'J has a large ad I hat stresses the need to 
"educate, promote and inform." The 
four goals listed by ihe AKTI are lo 
"provide a unified voice, promote the 
general public's awareness, encourage 
sensible knife legislation, and educate 
young people." all this to "harvest grass- 
roots supporl to promote the preserva- 
lion and protection of man's original 
tool." Notice thai it did no I say "man's 
original weapon." 

Image is everything. Whal knife 
enthusiasts need lo do is work together to 
convince the voting public, which obvi- 
ously oul numbers BLADE subscribers, 
lhal today's knives are "kinder and 
gentler" than those or yesteryear. The vast 
majority of Ihe voting public lhal sees 
knives only as weapons are the same ones 
pulling pressure on lawmakers and judges, 
precipitating the need for the AKTI. Each 
cutlery enthusiast is a "knife ambassador" 
who needs to stress that knives are safe, 
utilitarian tools. If the cutlery community 
can pull lhal off. ihen ihe freedom to carry 
knives will he preserved. 

Mike Haves, Eon Worth, Texas 



Nichols, Not Kit-In iy 

It has been my understanding that 
Floyd D. Nichols used an Indian-head 
buffalo nickel on the pommel of his 
knives and not Frank Riehtig, as was 
indicated in "The Great BLADE Apti- 
tude Test" in the October *99 BLADE. 

George W. Kubkina, Eustis, Florida 

Editor's note: Thank you, Mr, Kuhidiw, 
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M16 FREEDOM OF CHOICE. 

Freedom is good. Now you can pick from fourteen CRKTM16 models 
with carbon fibre, aluminum, or Zytel InterFrame construction. 



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NEWS 



Kit Carson, Knifemakers' 
Guild member and designer 
ofiheCRKTM 16™ Series, 
is a retired professional sol- 
dier, so he knows a lot about pro- 
tecting freedom. He says simply, " I 
strive to follow form and function in 
the knives 1 design and build." Thai 
certainly defines die Ml 6. 

M16 Aluminum. We first intro- 
duced die production version of 
Kit's aluminum-handled M 16 in 
1999. The three basic designs have 
proven to be very popular. They 
have wide blade design for difficult 
tasks. Sure^rip contoured handles 
of 6061 T6 hard anodized charcoal 
gray aluminum with a perimeter ra- 
dius lor comfort AUS 8 stainless 
steel blades, with Razor- Sharp or 
Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple- 
Point'" Serrated edges. 

Now all feature the trademark 
"Carson Flipper" extension to the 






blade which speeds opening and 
acts as an additional blade guard. 

The M1M4 and 14 are hefty, full 
size working knives. The M 16-03 
and 13 feature a slim profile design 
that is ideal for a variety of carry po- 
sitions. The M1602 and 12 are little 
bulldogs, packing a lot of power in a 
compact package. 

All have Teflon' bearings, ambi- 
dextrous thumb studs and remova- 
ble stainless steel pocket clips. 

M16 Zytel. Kit next took the 
M 16 concept and applied CRKTs 
overbuilt InterFrame design, with 
double stainless steel liners, 606 1- 
T6 hard anodized back spacer and 
Black Zytel scales. Arid a tough 
AUS 6M stainless steel blade, and 
you have a very af ford able knife you 
can work with every day in die nas- 
tiest conditions. It is available in our 
most popular M 1602 and 03 sizes. 

M16 Carbon Fibre. We've al- 
ways known that carbon fibre is a 
remarkable material, with deflec- 
tion strength 210X greater than 
stainless steel by weight. You'll find 
it in the Stealth fighter and Formula 




M16 Aluminum: All fit net ion, 



M-16 ALUMINUM FAST SPECS 

Blade Steel: AUS 8. 57-58 HRC 

M16-02: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M1B-12: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overaii length: 3, 13" (7.9 cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 4.25" (10.8 cm) 

Weight: 2.9 oz. (82 g) MSRP $69.95 

M16-03: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M16-13: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overall length: 3.56" (9. cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 4.63" (11.8 cm) 

Weight: 2.9 oz. (82 g) MSRP 163.95 

MW-04: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M16-14: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overall length: 3.94" (10.0 cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 5.31" (13.5 cm) 

Weight: 4.9oz. (139 g) MSRP $79.95 

M-16 ZYTEL FAST SPECS 

Blade Steel: AUS 6M, 55-57 HRC 

M1B-02Z: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M16- 12Z: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overall length: 3.13" (7.9 cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 4.25" (10.8 cm) 

Weight: 3.7 oz. (105 g) MSRP $49. 95 

M16S3Z: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M16-13Z: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overall length: 3.56" (9.0 cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 4.63" (11.8 cm) 

Weight 3.7 oz. (105 g) MSRP $49.95 

M- 16 CARBON FIBRE FAST SPECS 
Blade Steel: ACUTO 440. 59W HRC 

M16-00F: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M1S-10F: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overall length: 2.62" (6.7 cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 3.5" (8.9 cm) 

Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g) MSRP $89.95 

M16-01F: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge 

M16-11F: Combo Cutting Edge 

Blade: Overaii length: 3.12" (7 9 cm) 

Handle: Closed length: 3.87" (9.8 cm) 

Weight: 1.6 oz (45 g) MSRP $39.95 




cars because of func- 
tion, not beauty. We 
asked Kit to translate 
his M16 into smaller, 
carbon fibre models. 
They have the same 
sure-grip contoured 
handles. A stainless steel locking 
liner is precision recessed in one 
handle for positive locking. Han- 
dles have a textured finish, unique 
among production knives. Blades 
are ACUTO 440, a new premium 
cutlery steel that is extremely hard 
durable and mst-resislanl. 



Exercise your freedom. 
Which M 16 is right for you? It's a 
tough call. All are fine quality knives 
with CRKFs limited lifetime war- 
ranty. We think a trip to your local 
cutlery or sporting goods store is in 
order, so you can heft them and se- 
lect the right M16 for your tasks. 



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SEPTEMBER 2000 






Mom-and-Pop 

Knife Stores, 

2000 Style 

The old mom-and-pops wouldn't 
recognize their versatile successors 



By Mike Hoskew 




ot very long ago. many industry 
observers were ready to write 
off the mom-and-pop knife 
store due to the influence of the cutlery 
ehain. the nationwide discounter, the 
catalog craze, and now the Internet. But 
the mom-and-pop is alive and well. 
Husband-and-wife teams from coast to 
coast are delivering knives of a type and 
on a scale their predecessors never 
would have imagined. 

The old mom-and-pops sold pocket- 
knives with such venerable brand names 
as Case. Schrade, Camillus and others. 
Today's mom-and-pops — in some 
instances, descendants of the originals — 
still offer the old stand-bys. However, 
they also sell tactical folders and other 
pieces, in several cases a wide range of 
handmades. many of which the old 
mom-and-pops never would have or 
could have dreamed of selling, some at 
prices that would have been a good 
month's revenue in years past. What's 

Left: You never can tell what might turn 
up in a 2000-styte mom-and-pop knife 
store. You may even see a knifemaker 
making knives, as Gary Blanchard does 
in a special knifemaking side shop at 
Blanchard's Cutlery. This Blanchard art 
piece recently won best of show at the 
2000 Solvang Custom Knife Show. Gary's 
list price: $3,500. (Linford photo) 

Right: Ronnie and Patsy Beck run a text- 
book example of a 2000-style mom-and- 
pop knife store — Beck's Cutlery in Cary, 
North Carolina. The Becks stock the 
latest in hi-tech and handmade knives but 
also carry traditional pieces, including 
household cutlery. 

SEPTEMBER 3000 



more, many of the 2000-style mom-and- 
pops are building their own web pages 
and marketing their knives on the Inter- 
net. 

All the new hi-tech and high-dollar 
knives and Internet sales notwithstand- 
ing, service remains the watchword. 
Effective face-to-face interaction with 
the customer is a necessity. It is simply 
non-negotiable. 

"We find ourselves educating a lot of 
knife people." related Pam Blanchard, 
co-owner with husband Gary of Blan- 
chard's Cutlery in Las Vegas since 1994. 
"We can show them why this knife is 
three times the value of that knife. We 



break things down for them and explain 
things to them. The advantage of an 
independent store is the hands-on 
approach. People may think they want a 
particular knife, and I might suggest 
another — not necessarily one that is 
higher priced, but one that better fits 
the description of what they want." 

Patsy Beck, who has co-owned 
Beck's Cutlery in Cary. North Carolina, 
with husband Ronnie for the past eight 
years, agrees, "Customers may not gel 
their questions answered when they visit 
bigger chain stores." she said, "but they 
sure come in here with questions, and 
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We show them different knives and 
compare features and prices. A small 
cutlery store stays right with the 
customer and provides a lot of individ- 
ual help. Customers don't gel that with 
the Internet or mail order, but when it 
comes to a small cutlery shop, they do." 

Considering the hundreds of thou- 
sands of stores, large and small, along 
with the other knife-purchase alterna- 
tives, the number of mom-and-pop 
stores is still relatively small, and keep- 
ing the edge in customer service is a 
continuing challenge. "I was talking 
with a manufacturer's rep the other day, 
and we were trying to figure how many 
lull-fledged non-franefiised knife stores 
there are in the count ry," commented 
Brian Huegel, owner of family-operated 
Country Knives in Intercourse, Pennsyl- 
vania. "Unscientifically, we counted 
around 300. and I'm not sure if that is 
more or less than 20 years ago." 

Huegel's sales staff consists of those 
close to him. "The employees in the 
store are me, my wife Catherine, my 
sister-in-law, Jean Williams, my 14- 
year-old daughter, Nicole, and my 
father, occasionally." he explained. 
"We've been fortunate to never really 
have to hire outside the family, but 
education is still an important part of 
the overall experience. My daughter 
will learn from me just as 1 learned, 
standing there and listening to what my 
parents said. Catherine has been with 
me for eight years, and I have been here 
the entire 24 years of Country Knives. 
The store was started by my mother and 
father, so we're second-generation 
mom-and-pops." 



hi. 



The advantage of an 
independent store is 
the hands-on 
approach." 

— Pam Blanchard 



Plaza Cutlery of Costa Mesa, Cali- 
fornia, is another example of real family 
involvement. "We opened 26 years ago 
this December." recalled owner Dan 
Delavan. "We've been a cutlery store 
the whole time, not a sporting goods 
store or some other thing that changed 
its focus. My dad started it, and my 
family has owned it from the begin- 
ning." 

As the Delavan children have 
grown, Dan's wife, Pam, has become 
more and more active in the daily oper- 
ations of Plaza Cutlerv. "She does coun- 




Brian Huegel — here with his daughter, 14- 
year-old Nicole — has worked at Country 
Knives for 24 years. Brian and his wife, 
Catherine, have taken over the store's 
operation from Brian's parents and, with 
Nicole working part time at the store, it 
could one day become a third-generation 
knife shop. 

ler sales, some of the banking, and 
relieves me of a lot of the paperwork," 
noted Dan. "We've had good, knowl- 
edgeable help over the years, but as 
they have moved on to other jobs, we 
have spent more hours working in the 
store. My 17-year-old sun, Bryan, and 
one of his friends are working in the 
store now." 

A Breed Apart 

Setting themselves apart is a challenge 
for the 2000-style mom-and-pop stores, 
and bringing added value makes all the 
difference. Gary Blanchard is also an 
a ward- winning custom knifemaker. and 
he provides visitors to his store with 
something they do not see every day. 

"We probably have the only store 
around that has knifemaking and 
engraving actually going on right in the 
store," explained Pam Blanchard. "We 
have a viewing window toward the back 
where people can watch Gary actually 
make and engrave his knives. Some 
customers come in and check on his 
work on a weekly basis. Some of them 
will purchase a piece after it's finished, 
and some even before." 

Other services independent cutlery 
retailers provide include assistance with 
sharpening — even holding seminars on 
the subject — special assistance in order- 
ing products, and help in dealing with 
manufacturer warranties. "We W'ill prac- 
tically give a customer a seminar on the 
spot when they need help sharpening." 
related Dave Harvey, who co-owns 
Nordic Knives of Solvang. California, 
with his wife, Grace. "We do have a 
sharpening service and a standard 



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policy that any knife bought in our 
store can be brought back anytime for 
sharpening at no charge. It's worth- 
while to get the customer to come back 

in the store." 



"A small cutlery store 

stays right with the 

customer and provides 

a lot of individual 

help." 

— Patsy Beck 



For the past 16 years, the Harveys 
have gone one step further, sponsoring 
the Solvang Custom Knife Show, which 
is steadily growing in popularity and 
gaining a reputation as one of the top 
shows in the nation. "It's another way 
to bring knife collectors to our town, 
and we have developed longstanding 
relationships with many of them," said 
Dave. The most recent version of the 
show was held this past April 28-30 
and, by many accounts, was most 
successful. Ironically, Gary Blanebard's 
art folder won best of show at the 
event. 



"The store was started 
by my mother and 

father, so we're 

second-generation 

mom -and- pops." 

— Brian Huegel 



Complementing the strong suit of 
service for today's mom-and-pop store 
is a generally wide selection of cutlery 
and related products, and the sale of 
certain exclusives. '"It's important lo 
have a wide selection," stated Harvey, 
whose store has been a source for 

One of the services some of the 2000- 
styte mom-and-pop knife stores provide 
is the knife exclusive — where the store is 
the sole source for a particular model of a 
maker's knife, such as Beck's Cutlery for 
the Alley Cat by South Africa's Peter 
Bauchop.The S 1 /2-inch blade is D-2 and 
the handle is Micarta® with a Katgard® 
finish. Beck's price: $350. 




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custom and Randall knives since it was 
founded in 1971. "People notice the 
second they walk in that this is a knife 
store. We have one wall full of kitchen 
cutlery and cases full of knives. I've 
been in other knife stores at times 
where I had trouble even finding the 
knives." Finding knives at Country 
Knives is no problem, as it stocks 7,200 
cutlery items. "People come in and say, 
'Wow!,'" smiled Huegel. 

Membership in the National Inde- 
pendent Cutlery Association (N1CA), 
an organization of retail cutlery stores 
based largely in (he western USA with 
a mounting number of members farther 
east, is of growing importance to the 
2000-style mom-and-pops. "NICA 
mem hers many limes gel preferences in 
delivery of merchandise." said Dan 
Delavan. "We sell NICA exclusives 
also and are still heavy into custom 
knives." The most recent NICA exclu- 
sives were The Negotiator by Gil 

Nordic Knives has a sharpening service 
and a standard policy that a knife bought 
in the store can be brought back anytime 
for sharpening at no charge. "It's worth- 
while to get the customer to come back in 
the store, " noted Nordic co-owner Dave 
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Hibben and the Tanto Large Sebenza 
from Chris Reeve Knives. New exelu- 
sives are currently being explored, 
Delavan added. Other of the stores 
mentioned herein that are NICA 
members include Beck's Cutlery, Blan- 
ehard's Cutlery and Nordic Knives. 
Beck's also sells other exclusives: the 
35th anniversary Vietnam-era knives 
of CISO-SOG designed by Conrad 
Ben Baker, and selected Peter 
Bauchop knives, including the Alley 
Cat. 



"We have a viewing 

window where people 

can watch Gary make 

and engrave his 

knives." 

— Pam Blanchard 



Managing their stores as businesses 
is a key element to success for today's 
mom-and-pops. Spending advertising 
dollars judiciously and planning sales 
at appropriate limes of the year are 
extremely important to the bottom 
line. The Becks have targeted local 
culinary schools, chefs and fine restau- 
rants to boost sales in a niche market, 
while the strength of its handmade 
knife sales has been important to Plaza 
Cutlery's success through the years. "I 
don't know whether we've really expe- 
rienced the slow times that some of the 
others have," recalled Delavan, "but 
during those limes lhat we've had a 
general economic recession, the trade 
in custom knives has kept our volume 
up. Custom knives provide a good base 
to buy low and sell high as they appre- 
ciate in value, but there are more 
stores doing that now, so it isn't as easy 
as it used to be." Like Nordic Knives, 
Plaza Cutlery also sells Randall knives 
to further its selection. 

Today's independent knife retailers 
are certainly not ignoring ihe opportu- 
nities that technology provides, and a 
number of them now have web sites 
and catalogs. All of the stores 
mentioned herein have web sites, with 
Plaza Cutlery (www.plazacutlery.com) 
and Nordic Knives (www.Nordick- 
nives.com) in particular getting heavily 
involved in listing knives — especially 
handmades — for sale on their web 
pages. Blanchard's Cutlery (www.blan- 
chardscutlery.com). Beck's Cutlery 
{www.beckscutlery.com) and Country 
Knives (www.countryknives.com) also 
have web sites. 

Through it all, the 2000-style mom- 





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and -pops h.m* never loM sjghi of their 
bread and butler- the customer "We 
arc going to be bore," vaid Delavan. 
"und the customers who have bought 
from us in the past will Ik taken care 
of in the future." 

"Knife people love to talk to 
people with (latitat intcrcNiN." CCbOOd 
Petty Beck "They find those people in 
the knife More, and they talk aboul 
what they want to we. That's .1 big plus 
for in Then, we know that if we treat 
people right, thev will keep coming 
t ... 

Their track record is proof enough 
thai the riXMI-stylc mom-iind-pop knife 
stores arc expert in giving the people 
what they want. 

far more information on the stores m 
the ttQry, see "Where To (let 'I'.m" on 

page 113. Blade 

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from their predecessors. The knife comes 
with SOG * new Arc-Lock mechanism, a 
bcad-biattod blade of AUS-3. a Zyte& 
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"I own John's Fab, where we manufacture Cobra car replicas. The knife t carry is a 
Kershaw Whiskey Gap, fileworked and rehandted by Tom Stratton. i use it constantly 
for opening boxes, cutting electrical wires, scraping paint and any other cutting chore. It 
is small enough to carry in a pocket and not wear a hole in it, and just large enough to 
complete about any cutting task in the course of a work day." 

-John Paullus, Coos Bay. Oregon 




/ never owned a knife I 
didn 't like, t could probably 
carry a different knife each 
day of the vear and not carry 
the same one twice. I have 
three knives that I would not 
want to do without. A 
Spyderco Ciipit is my 
constant companion. I use it 
to open boxes, cut string, 
strip wire, open tetters, cut 
paper, you name it. The 
knife I carry when I get away 
from it ail is a Boh Dozier 
Professional Skinner, it is 
the best handling, best edge- 
holding, best everything 
knife I have ever owned. A 
Case Peanut is my Sunday 
dress-up knife. It doesn't do 
much more than clean my 
fingernails, but I wouldn't 
feel dressed up without it. 

-Ford Ward 
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"When I retired to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a 'whole other 
country, ' I knew I'd need more than one knife. Jogging the back 
roads near my home on Pike Lake. I carry the Blackie Collins 
Buddy System around my neck. Otherwise, whether I'm on 
my boat, in the woods or working around the cabin, t wear a 
Victorinox Swiss Army knife in a belt pouch. " 

-Ken Brown. Newberry, Michigan 

SEPTEMBER 2000 



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Randall 
Answer Man 



Got QuestionsP Ask the 
Randall Answer Man! 

In a BLADE® exclusive, former Randall shop foreman Pete Hamilton offers 
the first of his exclusive question-and-answer columns on Randall knives 



By Pete Hamilton 



Editor's note: Pete Hamilton recently 
retired as shop foreman for Randal! 
Made Knives following u relationship that 
spanned almost 35 years. Few people 
know more about Randall knives than 
Pete — a fact that, if yon have attended the 
seminars on Randalls he has conducted at 
the BLADE Show for the past several 
years, you well know. In this and selected 
future issues of BLADE 1 *, Pete will 
answer your questions concerning 
Randall knives. Send your questions to: 
BLADE, attn: The Randall Answer Man, 
700 E. Suite St., iota, Wl 54990 or e-mail 
hlade@k rause.com. 

1: I have a dozen Randall knives that I 
have to Me t-ieil in the past four years, 
in fin din;.; models 1,14 and 18. I buy 
Randalls because 1 like the style and 
beeause of the company's reputation. My 
question: Why is it that the blades leave 
the shop with grinding, sanding and 
other marks on them? (name withheld 
by request) 

For many years there has been talk 
about the finish on Randall knives. The 
finish is stated to be a satin finish, 
Randal] does not mirror finish. 

A lot depends on what kind of finish 
you are comparing to the one used on 
Randalls. A machine finish or a mirror 
finish definitely will look different than a 
knife that is not finished the same way. 
When a knife is ground and finished by 
machine, the blade surface looks the 
same throughout However, when grind- 
ing and finishing by hand — as is done at 
Randall Made Knives, where more than 
one person works on each knife — there 
will be differences, especially when you 
make your own polishing wheels as 
Randall shop personnel do. There are 

22 / BLADE 




The Model 27 Traitbtazer is new from Randall Made Knives, The 5 3/4-inch blade will be 
available in carbon (top) or stainless blade steel. The guard can be either nickel silver or 
brass (top), with a corresponding butt plate. 



bound to be hard grit spots in the wheel. 

If a customer is not satisfied with the 
polish or anything else about his new 
Randall knife, he should indicate so in a 
letter and send the letter, along with the 
knife, to Randall Made Knives. It is not 
the policy of Randall Made Knives to 
have unhappy customers! 

Just remember that the knife is hand- 
made and not machined. All problems 
concerning Randall knives are taken 
very seriously by Randall personnel. Any 
problems a customer may have with a 
Randall knife are researched, the prob- 
lems are corrected and the knife will be 
returned to the customer in the hope that 
it meets with his approval. 

Forging Ahead 

There have been so many tales about 
Randall Made Knives not forging its 
blades, so here it is: Yes, Randall still 
forges! Swedish O-l tool steel and 440B 
stainless continue lo be used on Randall 



knives. Some of the smaller non- forged 
pieces are ATS -34. 

The employees in the forge really gel 
upset by the rumor that they no longer 
forge — especially when they work in 
temperatures of l()0°F-plus in June. July 
and August. 

Trailblstzer & Other "New Stuff' 

The new Model 27 Trailbla/tr is availa- 
ble in two versions, both with 5 3/4-ineh 
blades. One version is in the new catalog 
and the other is on the non-catalog 
special list No, 2. The knife will be avail 
able in carbon or stainless blade steel 
The guard can be either nickel silver or 
brass — the latter the one in the new cata 
log — with a corresponding butt plate 
The only available handle change is the 
same as for the Model 25. (There will be 
more on the change in a future install- 
ment of "Randall Answer Man."} The 
Trailblazer will be supplied with the 
standard model "A" sheath. 

SEPTEMBER 2000 



Randall is now using a new slyle of 
compass on all its knives that have 
compasses. In 1998, the new slyle was 
used only on the Model 1 8. 



"Ivorite is no longer 

available on Randall 

knives." 

— the author 



I have been told that Ivorite is no 
longer available on any Randall knives. 
The manufacturer cannot eliminate the 
dirt specks and the rolled checks. 

The Book 

Since my retirement after the first of the 
year, I have been working on my long- 
awaited hook on Randall knives. And 
the hook is corning along! I also have 
been traveling some. I attended the 
Badger Knife Show in Janesviile, 
Wisconsin, March 24-26, It was a great 
show and I would like to thank all the 
"Badgers" for the hospitality. I hope to 
get to some of the other shows as time 
allows. 

I always have enjoyed looking at the 
old collectibles and meeting so many 
people whom 1 have talked to over the 
years. It is a real boost when you meet 
someone who has just started collecting 
knives, no matter if he is a Randall 
col le cto r or not . Blade 





This new style of compass is the style 
now being used on all Randall knives with 
compasses. In 1998, the style was used 
only on the Randall Model 18. 



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The author's amazing machine makes pattern-welded steel— by the roll! 

By Hugh McDonald t* v 




24 / BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



Knifemakers: Do you enjoy making 
pattern-welded blades? Would 
you lave to make them on a 
suburban Sunday morning while your 
neighbors sleep in? How about a 
machine that generates less noise making 
damascus than you do eating breakfast? 
The machine needs no concrete founda- 
tions nor bolting down, and will not 
scratch your wife's precious patio — plus, 
it plugs into a domestic power outlet. 
1 have such a machine. 
Knifewise, I speak to you with some 
authority, having made several knives by 
winding one end of a power hacksaw 
blade with electrical tape and destroying 
the other end in a shower of sparks, 
initially and painfully not in that order. I 
have a well-equipped workshop where a 
number of machines provide horizontal 
surfaces to support unbelievable heaps of 
tools and general "shed stuff'-the sort of 
gear not good enough to keep but loo 
good to throw away. 

Stage One 

One of my loves is making blacksmith's 
longs. I have a considerable collection. 
The chief feature of my tongs is the 

The author's prototype rotting mill 
reduces a hot billet. The rolls run continu- 
ously and are set apart to receive the 
metal, then shut to a preset distance. The 
billet Is fed back toward the operator. 



heavy melal required for the head end 
and the thinner metal for the handles. To 
avoid the traditional methods of thump- 
ing thick iron out thin, upsetting thick 
ends on thin stuff or fire welding the 
reins to the jaws, I dreamed up a 
personal steel rolling mill. I reasoned 
that a son of "metal mangle" would 
squeeze out tong handles with no effort. 



"My machine will 
quickly weld and draw 

out pattern-welded 
steel suitable for knife- 
making." 
— the author 



The design parameters/questions 
concerning the construction of my rolling 
milt were: 

1) The beast could not cost anything 
but rather had to be constructed from 
sundry bits of the shed stuff I had been 
falling over for years; 

2) I had to investigate pushing a 
white-hot {limp) steel bar into a pair of 
rollers so they would grip the steel and 



"roll it out"; 

3) Should the rolls actually get hold 
of said hot bar, what else might be 
dragged in with it?; 

4) The machine would be driven by a 
modest electric motor, on hand under my 
bench somewhere. All pressure and 
adjustments would be provided manually 
by the operator; and 

5) No noise. My blacksmith sluip is 
under my neighbor's bedroom window, 
so a power hammer was never an option. 

Thus was created my "Big-Stomp- 
Steel Rolling Mill." It cost very little, 
welding rods not counted nor hours it 
took to build. The design problems were 
all solved neatly. Serendipity more or 
less dictated what the next piece of junk 
should look like. 

Feed and safety problems were 
addressed together by having the rollers 
apart and running, the billet being fed 
between them. A firm stamp of the foot 
pedal closes the rollers lo a pre-set 
distance, whereupon the billet is rolled 
out toward the operator. A hand lever 
adjusts the roller gap quickly for addi- 
tional passes through the machine while 
the billet is still hot enough. One need 
not be a powerful person to operate the 
machine — an average build gives 
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cenlury-steam-pumping-engine debris 
under my bench decreed otherwise. Only 
the tup roller is driven. The motor is a 
h;il I -horsepower and the reduction drive 
is via sundry V-hells and pulleys with a 
final drive of chain. 

By chance, the first feed speed was a 
little over 10 feet a minute. I have tried 
higher speeds but have gone back to the 
original as being hes! suited to the availa- 
ble power. 

Like most things in life, roller size is a 
trade off. Bigger rollers have more 
surface in contact with the hot metal, thus 
cooling it quicker — plus, they need more 
power. Smaller rollers have a sleeper 
climb angle, causing roller slip. 

Did it work? Did it roll out long 
handles with ease? Not on your grieving 
Nelly! The grooves cut in each roller 
certainly, reduced the hoi steel, but a fin- 
like flash of metal spread out between the 
rollers on each side of ihe more or less 

Three blades pattern welded and roiled 
out in the mill, from top: a 4 3/4-irtch 
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round bar and immediately cooled. 

Grinding the flash off seemed more 
work than 1 was saving. After much frus- 
tration. 1 found the grooves needed to be 
wider than deeper, making an oval bar 
first, then revolving it and rerolling it 
several limes. By the time I got it right, I 
had gone off the whole crazy idea. 
Though the straight section of the rollers 
will squeeze out a three -quarter- inch 
square railway dog spike like a tape 
measure, 1 had little other use for the 
thing, A big hunk of shed stuff had 
replaced a loose collection. 

Stage Two 

A couple of years ago I met bladesmith 
Thomas Gerner, who introduced me to 
the wonders of pat tern -welded steel and 
damascus knives. He was sure my 
machine would be just the thing to roll 
out blade billets after they had been 
hand-hammer welded. We soon proved 
the machine would indeed draw out steel 
suitable for hlades. Later, bladesmith Jim 
Steele and 1 confirmed a suspicion that it 

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could also weld the layers together at the 
same time — in fact, in about a quarter of 
the time Jim had been taking to do the 
job previously. 

To go back to the design, if that is the 
right word, of the machine: I suspect that 
roller diameter is closely related to billet 
thickness as power-hammer weight is 
related to the dimensions of the work 
being hammered. By the same token, 
roller speed and the amount of deforma- 
tion of the billet must he an important 
factor, not only in the power require- 
ments, but also in the internal and exter- 
nal structure of the finished steel. In this 
exercise. I looked into the vast grey space 
of my almost total ignorance of metal 
rolling and relied instead on the animal 
cunning of an old farmer — which is what 
I am — who can see the potential of any 
found object 



"The width of the 

metal does not change 

as it is rolled out." 

— the author 



I read an article recently where the 
author claimed forging a blade is abso- 
lutely the only way. Rolling or pressing, in 
his view, does not compare with hammer- 
ing when it comes to refining grain struc- 
ture. What stock-removal makers think of 
the author's statement when they buy 
rolled-out shiny stuff that has never seen a 
hammer in its making. I do not know. 
Somewhere else I read that if you reduce 
the steel thickness by 30 percent each 
heal, it is equivalent to hammering as far 
as refining the crystal structure is 
concerned. 

Who knows? All I do know is my 
machine will quickly weld and draw out 
pattern-welded steel suitable for knife- 
making. It will produce a billet with the 




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Hw(i is the roller detail only tor the 
author's Mark 2 machine. When this 
picture was taken, the drive had not yet 
been titled. 

even, straight layen lot eaespaajtc blade* 

or the *urlacc-.-nodilied pallcrn* Distal 
:.t|Vix arc a Ml.ip with *tcac!y lUOVCUIMl of 
the adjusting lexer .in live bfllet is rulk-d on 
the last heat, and stuck can tv made 10 any 
.hit knew pi mi to hciiu- welded Ihe width 
til the metal doe* not change as it iv rolled 
out. A hillel with a width I i|- i ir-s thai 
..ip.i it |utt i;cts k>ngct .mil i In i ci II 
roller ha* uses outsHie knifcmaking where 
steel h.it to he drawn out. 

Having several orders fur rolling 
machines more nr lets thrust Qfl me has 
given nve in*- time-consuming! pr«t 
translating the found-object arrangement 
into a deign *uit.ihle for new material, 
ihiiurh functionally iden ti c a l to the proln- 

ivpc dial works so well, rwcaiy-foai 

drawings Intel and i k>t of shed tunc had 
produced clones of the original, but in 
standard steel sections 

I have forged about -ax pattern-welded 
billets, mostly carbon steel and nickel 
Both badesmiths Steele and (ierner 
displayed knises with da ma it u* blades 
made on my machine at the recent 
National Custom Kiule 1 x|x> l| I reman- 
lie in Western Australia 

Designing and building I he roller is 
only the first step on the king and perhaps 
steep learning Curve, It will be Infcmatiag 
to *ee wtial Ihc real blade-smiths are able 
to do with my machine HOW that the> have 
I heir hands on it. 

ICditnr's note: Hie author is a retired art 
tchool tct.hivi.iaii. tpilUlbig, wheel maker. 
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the blades all sharpened away. I would 
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for the rivets with a piece of wire and 
slick new handles in place." 

Johnny began his knifemaking 

Barrel Ralph forged the damascus and 
Stout built this limited-edition folder (left) 
for The Knife Collectors List, a group of 
blade enthusiasts on the Internet, Stout 
fluted the gold-lip mother-of-pearl handle, 
and fileworked the blade and spacer. 



career as a hobby in l a 83. "I had 
dabbled with knives, in one way or 
another, for most of my liTe. both as a 
user and what 1 call a novice repair- 
man. Then 1 set up my own shop," he 



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about 30 students. Their next scheduled hammer-in is Sept. 22-24, Guest instruc- 
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Newton, Bill Ruple. Terry Theis and Roger Green. Johnny also teaches one-on- 
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way to test a knife is to carry it and use it. He likes knives made from O-l for 
heavy-duty cutting and sharpens his knives on a belt sander, finishing up with 
diamond hones from Diamond Machining Technology; 

•The trapper is Johnny's favorite factory knife model. He has always liked 
older Randall knives and carried one while serving in Vietnam. He says, "They 
wouldn't fail you when the chips were down, Each one seemed to have a character 
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Stout used the stock-removal 
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on to for urn* blades. Today he (urges 
his own damascus -"when I get a 
chance." he says. A couple of buck and 
shoulder surgeries haw hampered his 
forging, but he has plans to pick it up 
again soon. When he cannol use his 
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"I do a lot of handle 

fluting, which gives a 

knife a completely 

different look and feel 

in the hand/' 

— Johnny Stout 



The first steel Johnny employed 
was 440C and he still likes it. but 
stocks other steels such as BG-42. 
ATS-34. 154CM. 12C27 and many of 
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points out, "so I offer a variety of 
steels depending on how the knile is 
going to be used. I don't think any 
maker is intentionally using a bad 
steel, so it boils down to the customer's 
choice." 

The pieces he likes to make more 
than any other arc his gent's folders, 
knives for which he feels he is best 
known. They arc something a profes- 
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to work and wants something dressy he 
can be proud of and show off. though, 
at the same time, knives that are nol 
intimidating. 

One of the most spectacular of 
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model with a blade of Thomas's vines- 
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Robert Eggerling. The handle material 
is mammoth ivory, lightly fluted. On 
the blade is a thumb stud, the edges 
checkered with an ivory inlay in the 
center. It is exotic with an understated 
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the craftsmen who made the material, 
combined with the cxpcitisc of a gifted 
knifemakcr who brought it all 
together. Anyone who appreciates fine 
workmanship could not help but be 
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"Number one is the heat treat of the 
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Super Glue®, Crazy Glue® or 
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Use plus tie gloves only! 

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ful, not too much! The tip of the wire 
can then be placed on the area to be 
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Buff with the white rouge toward the metal and spacers. Watch as the buffer removes the glue and the "ramp transition" is created. 



Or; 

2) You must have the proper finish- 
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3) Finally, for both 1 and 2 above, 
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applying the Super Glue. Get some 
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store at about $15 per 100 pair. 



"If the surface is dull, 

you are buffing too 

fast, too hard or too 

hot." 

— the author 



Let's Do It! 

OK, let's do a knife handle — hidden- 
tang variety, please. The handle must be 
designed for a Super Glue finish. As 
you apply 20-to-30 coats of glue, you 
will build up a thickness that will rise 
above the height of the metal next to 
the wood. In order to avoid such an 
abrupt change in thickness from wood 
to metal, add spacers between the wood 
and metal that are at least an eighth- 
inch thick (this is between the wood and 
metal on both the guard and the 



pommel). This will give you an area to 
"ramp up" to the wood or ramp down to 
the metal. This is too much work with a 
full-tang knife, even though it is possi- 
ble. 

Clean the wood with acetone to 
remove any finger oils. Tape the 
pommel and guard metal only with 
masking tape so just the wood and spac- 
ers show. I use the plastic gloves for 
epoxy jobs. When finished, I dust the 
still "wet" epoxy with baby powder, rub 
it in, and let the epoxy dry. When dry, 
the powder and epoxy flake off and the 
gloves are saved for Super Glue applica- 
tion later — one glove finger per applica- 
tion of Super Glue at a time! 

Working in a well-ventilated area, put 
a sheet of wax paper — about 4x4 
inches — on a work bench, apply a small 
puddle of Super Glue (the thin stuff) on 
the wax paper, slip on one finger of a 
plastic glove, tuck in the glove excess 
under the other fingers, dip the tip of 
the gloved finger in the glue and spread 
it on the handle. Work fast. You will 
find that the glue will dry quickly with 
the early coats. Three-to-five coats at a 
time per application to start will do. 



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Avoid runs! Allow to dry for an hour or 
so, then repeat the application. Use a 
new finger on the glove with each appli- 
cation. Do not do more than three-to- 
five applications of three-to-five coats 
per day. Do this until you get a good, 
deep finish. I would say 20-to-30 coats 
total. When done, let the handle dry for 
five-to-10 days. Do not sand between 
coats! Some guys use an accelerator to 
dry the glue faster but that does not 
work well for me. When using an accel- 
erator, 1 sometimes get a "frost" and 
wrinkles on the handle surface. The 
accelerator also can result in a "smoke" 
and thermal reaction. 

Should you sand the handle between 
coats, the day you complete the final 
polish and find dust-filled scratches in 
coat 15 of a 30-coat finish, you can have 
a nice cry and start over. I did the first 
time it happened to me. 

Now that the finish has cured and 
dried, carefully sand down (320 grit or 
thereabouts) the bumps and runs, then 
steel wool (4/0) the whole handle. Go 
to a slow buffer with a loose, soft, 
unstitched wheel and a white plastic 
buffing compound and very lightly buff 
the surface. For the next buffing stage 
use Simichrome, Flitz or a similar polish 
on a loose wheel. If you overdo it, you 
will remove the finish. If the surface is 
dull, you are buffing too fast, too hard 
or too hot. If you find pinholes or the 
surface "wipes," the finish is not dry. 

Using a sharp knife, carefully cut 
around the edge of the masking tape 
and peel off the tape covering the metal 
of the guard and pommel. You can now 
see how thick the finish is and the 
abrupt change from metal to 
spacer/ wood. 

Re-tape the handle starting where 
the spacer meets the wood with three- 
to-four wraps of tape. You now have 
the handle taped so the metal and the 
spacers show and the wood is covered. 
Buff with the white rouge {for plastics) 
toward the metal and spacers. Watch as 
the buffer removes the glue and the 
"ramp transition" is created. When the 
sharp edge is removed or softened, stop 
and do the pommel. The tape thickness 
at the edge keeps the buffer from work- 
ing too close to the tape. 

Remove all the tape and buff lightly 
with the Flitz. I then wax the whole 
knife with a hard floor or neutral shoe 
wax and hand polish. The wax is good 
for the entire knife! The finish is attrac- 
tive, extremely durable with normal 
use, and is reparable if damaged. 

As a final note, I would stress again 
the safety measures — and watch what 
body parts you scratch while you work 
with the glue! 

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12 Keys To Hollow Grinding 

The author employs the aid of knifemaker Bob Lum to arrive 
at a dozen helpful hints 



develop real skill. I have never had a 
student who showed any natural talent 
for grinding blades. He or she 
always had to gain skill with 
experience. 

New makers 
often will 
have 




1: Are there any videos available for 
basic grinding techniques? I am new to 
kni remaking and do not know any knife- 
makers, so I have never seen grinding 
done. I have made several knives in vari- 
ous styles but all with blades that 1 have 
bought. 1 have just received my first two 
flat-ground blades back from the heat 
treaters and both blades came through 
beautifully. I think 1 did a decent job of 
flat grinding them. I made many 
mistakes along the way 
but was able to save 
the blades-only 
because 
started 



with 3/16-inch steel! 1 
have no idea how to hollow grind. I have 
tried it on a few blades but cannot get 
the two sides alike, and do not know at 
what angle to hold the blade to the belt. 
It would help if I could actually 
see someone do it. If you know 
of any videos on the subject, I 
would appreciate the informa- 
tion. (Rebecca [last name n/a], 
Minnesota) 



Methods, tips and techniques 
can be learned from a video but 
the time spent watching it will 
do nothing to develop the skill 
necessary for accurate grinding. 
Grinding 20 blades using good 
methods will do more to develop 
skill at making blades. Accurate 
blade grinding requires that the 
eye/hand be able to make 
corrections between the blade 
and belt that amount to a frac- 
tion of a degree. The eye and 
hand are trained to such a high 
degree of skill by repetition. I do 
not think it is any different than 
it would be learning to play a 
violin. Watching someone with 
great talent play beautiful music 
will not replace the hours and 
days of practice it takes to 



me comment on their blades. 
I sometimes hear excuses made 
because they do not have a better 
grinder. The machine has never 
appeared to be the problem. The errors 
in grinding technique always were 
caused by a lack of skill. Thinking back 
to my example of the violin, a good one 
is capable of making beautiful sounds 
but only if played with great skill. 




This drawing shows three different blade cross sections. The 
proportions are for "XI" bar stock hollow ground with a 
10-inch wheel. "A" Is too thick at the edge; "B" Is too thick at 
the back; and "C" Is the way It should be. 



Bob Lum's knife 
features a double-edge, 5- 
inch blade ofATS-34 and a 
Mlcarta® handle. Note the reinforced 
point on the double-hollow grind. 



Some things cannot be reduced to a 
formula, but following a proven 
sequence will help with the learning 
curve. Using the methods listed below 
and grinding 20 blades will get you going 
in the right direction. 

My knifemaker friend Bob Lum is a 
master at the hollow grind. Bob helped 
work up a list of steps to better hollow 
grinding: 

1) Remove all scale from the 
sides of the bar stock with a dull 
belt. Scale will kill a fresh belt in 
a hurry; 

2) Steel is not necessarily flat 
and straight when it is received 
from the supplier. Check and 
straighten the bar stock as 
needed; 

3) Use a center-finder to lay 
out two lines on the edge portion 
of the blade. These usually are 
spaced out approximately 1/32- 
to-1/16 inch, a good thickness for 
the edge prior to the heat treat 
(the remainder of the material is 
removed after the heat treat- 
ment is complete); 

4} Mark the place where the 
grind will end. This is often 
called the termination point; 

5) Design the blade around 
the wheel diameter. A wide 
blade requires a larger-diameter 
wheel than a narrow blade. If a 
maker of hunting knives were to 
have only one contact wheel, it 
should be a 10-inch one; 



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6) The first grind is dune at a 45- 
degree angle. It is used to establish the 
termination point and gives a witness tine 
at the edge to grind up to. It is best to use 
a dull belt because the first grind will lake 
so much life off a new. sharp one: 

7) Start the hollow grind with a fresh 
60-grit belt. The most common mistake 
made hy the beginner is trying to work 
with dull belts. Dull belts require an 
excessive amount of pressure and that 
means a loss of control. Dull bells heat up 
the surface of the blade, which can cause 
irregularities when flat grinding on a 
platen. Crisp, distinct grind lines and flat 
and true surfaces require sharp belts. I 
figure at least three new belts for each 
knife I make— one for each grit size in the 
sequence. The finished surface will have 
to be set up with a sharp hell. Many 
makers round over the edge of the platen 
or contact wheel. Break down the edge of 
the rouging bell with a piece of carbide or 
old grinding wheel. This will allow a 
smoother transition between Ihe grind 



and the ricasso area; 

8) Set the grinder up with good light- 
ing. What works best for me is to have a 
light on each side of the wheel or platen; 

^) Belt speed will have an effect on 
control. High speed for a bell is in the 
neighborhood of 5,000 SFM (surface feel 
per minute). High speed is good for metal 
removal but not for control. Some 
makers, myself included, prefer a medium 
speed of around 3,501) SFM, and I believe 
the beginner will be belter off in this 
range. My advice is lo save the high speed 
for when control of the blade against the 
belt has been mastered; 

10) Start the grind al the termination 
point and be careful not to dip into the 
blade. A phenomenon happens on blades 
known as the 2 -inch divot. This is where a 
visible low spot the width of ihe contact 
wheel is left in the finished blade. Being 
careful as the grinding progresses can 
eliminate the creation of the low spot; 

I I ) The position of the grind on the 
blade will affeel the way a blade cuts. A 



thick blade requires placing the grind 
higher on Ihe blade, which means a larger 
diameter wheel is necessary. The wheel 
diameter is a limiting factor, but it is 
usually better to grind high up onto the 
blade in order to create a cross section 
with good slicing ability: 

12) Getting the grinds even on both 
sides of the blade is a matter of control, 
and practice is the only way I know to 
achieve it. I have good grinders and 37 
years experience, but those factors do not 
keep me from losing my concentration 
and sticking a blade up against the belt 
where I should not have. All 1 can say is 
"just don't do it!" 

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arwinian theory aside, there 
(truly is a natural progression, or 
an evolution, in handmade 
knives. Those who follow trends are 
best able 10 predict which styles of 
knives with which specific features and 
embellishments will he the next kings 
of the jungle, the next rulers of the 
roost, the supreme beings of the natu- 
ral world-OK, OK. the Darwinian stuff 
is put to rest! 

"Anybody who is making knives to 
sell has to be able to adapt." knife- 
maker Donald Bell says. "If you make 
the same pattern year after year, you 
will saturate your own particular 
market." 



"I can go out and buy 

a beautiful piece of 

damascus for $100, or I 

can take a week to 

make it." 

Scott Richter 



Bell is witnessing an overall wider 
use of damascus. including pattern- 
welded tool steels and mosaics. "It's 
not just brass bolsters and wood 
handles anymore." he opines. "That is 
entry level stuff. I don"! want lo have a 
knife on my show table that customers 
can see at 12 other tables." 

To distance himself from the 
competition. Bell practices handle and 
bolster carving and blade picrcing-a 
style that seems to have been popular- 
ized by Robert Weinstock-to which 
Bell adds such features and embellish- 
ments as fileworked titanium liners, 
pearl handles and diamond thumb 
studs set in gold. 

"I get comments from people 
saying. 'Wow! This is different. This is 
nice.' That is sort of when you realize, 
yes, you are doing the right thing." Bell 
reports. 

"Artistic expression is definitely on 
the rise. Look at Van Burnett. Dcllana. 

Left: The Neptune, which was intricately 
carved by Romas Banaitis, features 
damascus by A.J. Hubbard and Devin 
Thomas. The carving and damascus are 
hot commodities in knives, says Scott 
Richter, who collaborated with Romas on 
the piece. (Weyer photo) 

Right: Tim Herman made and fully 
engraved this full-size reproduction of a 
Michael Price folding dagger. Typical of a 
Price dagger are the mother-of-pearl 
handle inserts, he says, and the entire 
package is a popular style with collec- 
tors. (Weyer photo) 



Larry Fuegen and several other knife- 
makers who are getting more artistic, 
putting more into the workings of a 
knife and materials instead of just a 
beveled blade, holsters and any old 
material for a handle," Bell suggests. 

"Taclicals are real ho!, but many of 
them look alike," he notes, "Those that 
are different stand out. Brian Tighe, for 
instance, goes as far as inlaying shells 
into the handles of tactical folders to 
make them more interesting," 

A trend to watch, the "art tactical" 
is on the rise, agrees knifemaker Scott 
Sawby, win) inlaid a brown clam shell 



into the carbon fiber handle of his 
"Kingfisher" model. The piece also 
features Sawby's own locking mecha- 
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rear bolster. 

"This is the first one I have made 
like this, and il seems to be generating 
interest," Sawby notes. "I think people 
like the looks more than anything. At 
only fi 1/4 inches overall, it isn't a prac- 
tical tactical, but more of a general 
carry knife." 

In addition to Sawby and Tighe, 
other knifemakers who delve into "art 
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rear bolster is something I hadn't tried 
before. 1 like the way it turned out. ihe 
way it looks." 



"Anybody making 

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-Donald Bell 



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"I was trying to bridge the gap 
between purely tactical and a collector- 
type knife." Sawby adds. "I have a 
feeling that the tactical fad has brought 
new people into the custom market 
who have tactical knives and want 
dressier pieces to carry," 

Sawby hasn't taken any orders for 
black lacticals as of late. "The bead- 
blast finish has run its course." he 
suggests. "I keep an eye on trends. It's 
part of my business. I think interframes 
might be coming back, and possibly 
multi-piece inlerframes with more than 
one handle inlay. I would like to be 
making more interframes because 
there is more latitude for expression 
design -wise." 

Both Bell and Sawby are clear on 
one particularly strong trend in the 
custom knife market: stainless damas- 
cus and mosaic damascus. "The damas- 
cus being made out there is 
exceptional." Bell relates. "I've used 
several mosaic pieces from (Hank) 
Knickmeyer for bolsters." 

"I use Mike Norris stainless damas- 
cus, and people seem to like it," Sawby 
relates. "In fact, Mike is so busy, it's 
difficult lo get steel from him." 

Not only is Norris' stainless damas- 
cus difficult to obtain, but Sawby says 
India's recent embargo on stag has 
made it a sought-after and rare handle 
material, as is quality pearl and fossil- 
mastodon ivory. 

"Natural materials look right and 
feel right, whether fossil ivory, pearl or 
wood. They are warmer than carbon 
fiher and Micarta®," Bell says. 
"Carbon fiher and Micarta are popular 
with the tactical crowd because they 
are impervious to everything, inde- 
structible," 

Knifemaker Tim Herman believes 
that natural handle materials, like the 
mother-of-pearl he used in the handle 
of a folding Michael Price dagger, have 



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More than just color went into the 
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"The trick here was to make a full- 
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"They are just good-looking 
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There is an impression, a mystique you 
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Herman, who says he is influenced 
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There is a trend toward the "art tactical, " 
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Despite neck knives achieving a 
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He also has a fair niche in household 
cutlery. 

The pattern of the steel is what 
excites Storch. "I developed the 'river- 
of-life' damascus pattern, which resem- 
bles a river flowing from the blade and 
handle with little eddies on the side," he 
explains. 

"People are ordering dramatic 
mosaic or mosaic-like patterns with 
unique handles and materials," he 
determines. "I do my own mokum6, and 
it is always popular. Carving and 
engraving also helps sell a knife by 
allowing people to see more than one 
medium." 

Storch forges his own pattern- 
welded steel and strives for visually 
appealing patterns that hold an edge 
and make for a useful knife. 

"The uniqueness of damascus 
knives, the quality workmanship is what 
gives them appeal," he notes. "I get 
good welds, temperature control, edge 
holding and durability." 

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According to several makers, there is a strong trend toward the use of mosaic damas- 
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with mi worries about warping, lockup 
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don't gel the variety of patterns with 
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with stainless." 



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, ased on four traits — stain resis- 
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"sharpening and toughness — -what 
are today's top using stainless steels for 
factory blades? Thai was the question 
BLADE® posed to several authorities 
in the field of production knives. The 
answers may surprise you. 

Ground Rules 

To be considered herein, the stainless 
steel had to be a high-profile material 
used by enough knife companies so that 
an average could be taken From those 
rating it. Also, the respondents them- 
selves had to use several stainless steels 
on assorted knife models so that they 
could rate a fair number of said steels. 



"From all appear- 
ances, those who 
responded exhibited a 
minimum of bias." 

— the author 



For example. Blade Magazine 
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offers a variety of different steels on the 
knives sold by Spyderco (though not all 
those steels are considered herein 
because not all are used to a significant 
degree in the factory knife industry). 
Hence, he was a natural choice to 
participate in this story. 

Moreover, it was hoped that choos- 
ing respondents who use several stain- 
lesses on assorted knives would result 
in more accurate responses than choos- 
ing those who use only one or two 
steels and who might be more prone to 
give favorable marks to those one or 
two steels. From all appearances, those 
who responded exhibited a minimum of 
bias. 

The stainless steels considered 
herein are 420. 420J2, AUS-6, AUS-S. 
AUS-10, 440A, 440C ATS-34, 154CM. 
BG-42. VG-10 and CPM 440V. These 
arc not the only stainless steels in the 
factory industry but they are ones used 
by a significant number of different 
companies. 

Of course, no rating system of steels 
is going to be perfect, and BLADE 
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Columbia River's Rod Bremer said A US- 
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for its edge-holding ability and tough- 
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Stain Resistance 

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2nd— (tie) 440A. BG-42 

4th— AUS-6 

5th — (tte) 420, 1S4CM, VG-10. 

9th— ATS-34 

10th— AUS-8 

11th — 420J2 

12th-AUS-10 




Edge Retention 



1 st— CPM 440V 

2nd— BG-42 

3rd— {tie) AUS-10, 154CM 

5th — 440C 

6th — (tie) AUS-6, 440A. VG-10 

9th— ATS-34 

10th— AUS-8 

11th — (tie) 420, 420J2 



Ease of Sharpening 

1st— (tie) 420, 440A 

3rd — <tie) 420J2, AUS-8 

5th— BG-42 

6th— ATS-34 

7th— AUS-6 

8th— 440C 

9th-(tie) AUS-10, 154CM.VG- 

12th— CPM 440V 




Toughness 



1st— (tie) 440A, BG-42 

3rd— ATS-34 

4th— (tie) AUS-6, AUS-8 

6th— (tie) 420, AUS-10, 440C, 154CM. VG- 
10 
11th— (tie) 420J2. CPM 440V 



Overall Average" 

1st— (He) BG-42. 440A 
3rd — 440C 

4th— AUS-6 

5th— (tie) AUS-8, 154CM 
7th— CPM 440V 
8th — ATS-34 
9th— VG-10 
10th— AUS-10 
11th— 420J2 
12th— 420 

"This is an average of all four traits. 



60 /BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 




BC-42, along with 440 A, was ranked the top overall stainless steel for factory knives In a 
random poll of industry observers. Chris Reeve uses BG-42 on his knives, Including this 
relatively new version of the Sebenza, and credits the steel's 1.2 percent vanadium for 
part of Its success. "The Influence vanadium has on steel Is refinement of the grain 
structure," he observed, "and the small, very hard vanadium carbides distributed evenly 
throughout produce a slightly tougher material and better edge retention. " 



in this story. As Glesser noted, there are 
bound to be inconsistencies within 
rating systems among knife companies 
due to, among others, variables such as 
different methods of knife testing and 
variations in the compositions of the 
steels themselves. 

"If I am using steels that go from .6 
carbon to 2.2 carbon and I am rating 
those steels compared to each other, 
then I am going to get a specific rating," 
he observed. "If someone else is using 
steels that run from .4 carbon up to .6 
carbon, then they are going to get 
results compared to their own steels, 
but their steels compared to 
(Spyderco's) steels would not have a 
realistic rating. 

"I have also found that most people 
in the industry really don't have the 
equipment or the desire to properly test 
for things like edge retention, corrosion 



resistance or charpy value (toughness). 
So what you are getting is their opinion 
based on their experience, which, in my 
opinion, has little or no value as far as 
making recommendations to BLADE 
readers," An example of what Sal is 
referring to may raise its head in this 
very story, i.e., despite the fact that they 
are virtually identical in composition, 
ATS-34 and 154CM elicited signifi- 
cantly dissimilar rankings in just about 
every category. 

What's more, the four traits 
chosen — stain resistance, edge reten- 
tion, ease of sharpening and tough- 
ness — are admittedly restrictive and 
may even contradict one another when 
averaging the results of all four traits, as 
Glesser pointed out. 

"Ease of sharpening, for example, 
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Sfeef Poll 



variations where some steels might be a 
little harder to sharpen in comparison to 
the edge retention obtained, or a little 
easier to sharpen, though usually that 
difference is not very great. Usually, if 
something is excellent in edge retention, 
it is going to be poor or similar in ease 
of sharpening. Anybody who tells you 
otherwise is giving you a sales pitch 



"If a steel is excellent 

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going to be poor or 

similar in ease of 

sharpening.' 9 

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rather than the results of a scientific 
test. So, whereas edge retention might 
give a steel an excellent overall rating, 
the ease of sharpening will bring that 
overall rating down considerably." 

Moreover, there are other factors 
that must be considered when judging 
steels, including — and especially — qual- 
ity of heat treatment, as well as edge 
geometry, skill in sharpening, etc. "To 
compare two types of steels in terms of 
edge holding," SOG Specialty Knives' 
Spencer Frazer maintained, "they must 
first have the same blade and edge 
geometry, be sharpened identically, be 
optimally heat treated and similarly 
tested. (In addition), ease of sharpening 
today is less important than it used to be 
since the availability of diamond stones 
makes sharpening faster and easier." 




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Traits 

Stain Resistance 


Factory Stainlesses By The Numbers 

420 420J2 AUS-6 AUS-8 

2.00 2.50 1.75 2.25 


* 

AUS-10 440A 

3.00 1.50 


Edge Retention 


3.50 


3.50 


2.50 


3.00 


2.00 2.50 


Ease of Sharpening 


1.50 


2.00 


2.66 


2.00 


3.00 1.50 


Toughness 


2.50 


3.00 


2.25 


2.25 


2.50 2.00 


Traits 

Stain Resistance 


440C 

1.40 


ATS-34 

2.40 


154CM 

2.00 


BG-42 

1.50 


VG-10 CPM440V 

2.00 2,00 


Edge Retention 


2,33 


2.75 


2.00 


1.50 


2.50 1.00 


Ease of Sharpening 


2.75 


2.60 


3.00 


2.50 


3.00 3.66 


Toughness 


2.50 


2.20 


2.50 


2.00 


2.50 3,00 


* Industry authorities were asked to rate each steel on a scale of 1 to 5 for each trait, with 1 being best, 2 
second best, etc. The resulting figures are averages of all their ratings. 



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AUS-8 was rated third in the ease-ot- 
sharpening category and fin/shed tied for 
tltth overall with 154CM. Meyerco 
employs AUS-8 on Its Speedster model. 
The Speedster s closed length: 4 3/4 
Inches. Suggested retail: $39.95. 

Frazcr's and Glcsscr's reservations 
notwithstanding, the (our chosen traits 
arc characteristics that BLADE readers 
often ask about. What's more, to main- 
tain this story's manageability, the traits 
were selected to help keep things from 
getting too confusing and complicated. 

A form letter was sent out to several 
industry authorities asking them to rate 
the steels in each tiait on a scale of 1 to 5, 
with 1 being beat. 2 second best. etc. Of 
the authorities contacted, five returned 
answers by the stated deadline and in a 
format that could be used for this story. 
Those authorities arc: Kim Breed. 
BLADE field editor and the magazine's 
official knife tester; Rod Bremer of 
Columbia River Knife & Tool: Frazer: 
Glesscr: and Ed Sever jon of Crucible 
Steel. Ratings that tended to skew the 
overall averages were taken into account 
in the final tally. Following is a summary 
of bow the steels fared. 

Performance B> Trait 

In terms of stain resistance. 440C was 
first, followed by 440A and BG-42 in a 
tie for second. AUS-6 was fourth and 
420. 154CM. VG-10 and CPM 440V tied 
for fifth. 

There were no great surprises as far 
as the top edge holders were concerned 
cither, with CPM 440V first followed by 
BG-42 in second. A US- 10 and I54CM 
lied fur third. 440C was fourth and AUS- 



64 / BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 




The Big 5 Elements 



According to Ed Severson of Crucible Steel, when you look 
at steels from a steel-making perspective, it is very clear 
how some steels are related. 

"When you add carbon without changing anything else, 
you get better hardness and wear but give up toughness." he 
noted. "When you add chromium without changing anything 
else, you get better corrosion and wear but give up toughness. 
Adding carbon also decreases corrosion resistance if chro- 
mium is not added. The CPM process allows you to add 



Stainless Steel 

420 




Carbon 

0.15/0 

0.55/0. 65 

0.70/0.75 

0.95/1.10 

O.60/O.7! 

0.95/1.20 

1,00/1.10 

1.15 

2.15 
0.95/1 .05 




Chromium 

12/14 

13/14.5 

3/14.5 

13/14.5 



14.50/15.50 




carbon without sacrificing toughness or corrosion. Adding 
vanadium increases the edge holding but makes a steel harder 
to sharpen. 

"To summarize: AUS-6, -8 and -10 are higher carbon 
versions of 420. The 440 series contains high-carbon, high- 
chromium versions of 420. Steel type 440A is high-chromium 
AUS-8, Steel type 154CM is A US- 10 with high molybdenum 
for better corrosion resistance, and BG-42 is 154CM with a 
little vanadium." 








Manganese 

1.00 ma 

1 .00 max. 
1.00 ma 
1.00 max. 
1.00 ma 
1.00 max. 
1.00 ma 
n/r 

0.50 



Molybdenum 

n/r 
n/r 



Vanadium 




n/r 

1.75 max. 

0.75 max. 

4.00 

4.00 

n/r 
D.90/1.20 

4.00 



0.50 max. 
0.15 max. 

120 




6.440A and VG-ll) lied for fifth. 

As for ease of sharpening. 420 and 
440A tied for first. 420J2 and AUS-8 tied 
for third, BG-42 was fifth and ATS-34 
was sixth. Finally, in toughness, 440A and 
BG-42 tied for first, ATS-34 was third, 
and AUS-6 and AUS-8 tied for fourth. 

"No one steel is going 

to be the best at all 

tasks." 

— the author 



Overall Results 

To arrive at some kind of resolution of 
all of the data gathered. BLADE aver- 
aged the ratings of each steel in all the 
traits to arrive at the overall leaders. 
However, be lore jumping to any conclu- 
sions concerning how the steels placed, 
you should consider several factors. 

For one, this is an average and an 
average only. If you are looking for a 
steel with the best stain resistance, go to 
the statu resistance chart. The same goes 
for edyc holding, ease of sharpening and 
toughness. No one steel is going to be 
the best at all tasks. 

"For example, AUS-6 is an all- 
around good steel with a lot of the right 
properties." Gtesser commented. "When 

VG-10 tied for fifth in stain resistance and 
finished ninth in the overall stainless 
steel standings. Spyderco uses the steel 
at a Rockwell hardness of 60-62 RC on 
the Shabaria C59. The handle is Micarta®. 
Closed length: 4 3/4 inches. 

SEPTEMBER 2000 



edge retention and corrosion resistance 
are given an equal value. AUS-6 may 
show up to be a superior steel to some- 
thing like the powdered metals (the 
CPMs). But if edge retention is 
perceived to have a higher value, then 
that would change the average. The 
edge retention of one steel may be two 
or three times belter than another steel. 
Does that make the better edge-holding 
steel rated higher by three or four 
times? For example, CPM 440V will 
hold an edge three or four times longer 
than AUS-6, but AUS-6 would still^he 
rated good when compared to 420J2 but 
maybe only rated average when 
compared to a CPM metal." 



Be that as it may, first place overall 
was a tie between" BG-42 and 440A. 
Third place went to 440C, followed by 
AUS-6 at fourth, a tie between AUS-8 
and I54CM for fifth, and then, in order. 
CPM 44DV. ATS-34, VG-10, AUS-10. 
420J2 and 420. 

Again, BLADE cautions you against 
using the ratings in this story as an abso- 
lute barometer of stainless steels. Instead, 
this story should simply he another tool 
to add to your arsenal of knowledge 
concerning factory blade steels. 

Eor the contact in fort nut km for the knives 
herein, see "Where To Get 'Em" on page 
113. Blade 




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SEPTEMBER 2000 




anief Winkler's historical and 
Native American-influenced 
blades have become stan- 
dards among collectors, especially 
those who appreciate the look and 
feel of a knife with a story to tell. 

A knifemaker since 1975, Daniel 
enjoyed what has become his profes- 
sion as a hobby for several years 
before devoting all his energy lo 
knives in 1988. His skills are, for the 
most part, self-taughi. "In the real 
early days, it was mostly trial and 
error and reading books," he said, "I 
read what I could find about forging 
in general and read where knives 
had been made of old files. I talked 
to a couple of blacksmiths and (hat 
helped me along the road of harden- 
ing steel and then drawing it back to 
temper it. 



"I reproduce the 
patina and aged 
look that the origi- 
nal knives have/" 

— Daniel Winkler 



"Several years ago, I made some 
knives for a living-hisiory museum. I 
experimented trying lo reproduce 
the patina and aged look that the 
original knives had and worked out 
a rusting technique. I rust the blades 
for about a week, then clean the rust 
off. This actually hastens the process 
of I(X) to 150 years of use. I use mild 
acids, which I brush on the blade a 
couple of times a day, and then lake 
the rust off with a combination of 
steel wool and Scotch Britc®. If I'm 
looking for a little heavier pitting, 
I'll use a Clorox® solution." 

Forging many of his blades, 
Winkler stays mainly with alloy 
steels such as 5160 on his larger 
camp and bowie knives, which might 
be used for chopping and heavy duty 
work, and, for hunters and neck 
knives, simple carbon steels — 1095 
and such — for their edge-holding 
ability. He also forges damascus in 
standard ladder, twist and random 
patterns, while continuously work- 
ing to develop new patterns. He 

A Daniel Winkler piece can look 
fresh out of James Fenlmore 
Cooper's Leather-Stocking Tales, 
such as this primitive camp knife. 
The 9-Inch blade is damascus and 
the handle is hone and rawhide. The 
matching sheath Is by Daniel's part- 
ner, Karen Shook. (PolntSeven 
photo) 

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Dept.BL9,POB2J66 
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 
(828)295-9156 
winklerd@boone.net 

Styles Period pieces, including 
bowies and camp knives, hunters, 
axes, tomahawks, friction folders, 
lockbacks and others, intentionally 
aged to look old, w/matching 
sheaths by Karen Shook 
Blade Steels Alloy, tool and simple 
carbon steels, also available in 
ladder-, twist- and random- pattern 
damascus 

Mark Maker's initials 
Handles Natural materials, includ- 
ing wood, antler, fossil ivory, slab 
bone and complete bone grips 
Miscellaneous Shook's period 
sheaths consist of latigo leather 
liners covered by rawhide and 
embellished with a variety of deco- 
rations 

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employs recycled saw blades — basically, 
L-6 steel — in axes and other heavy-use 
pieces. Friction folders and lockbacks are 
also part of his repertoire. 

It almost goes without saying that 
natural handle materials are a must for 
Winkler. "Wood, antler, fossil ivory, slab 
bone and complete bone handles are 
what I use," he remarked. "In going back 
to the basic styles, the natural materials 
are the only reasonable options for me. 
That doesn't mean that I don't like other 
materials, though. They just are not 
appropriate for the look 1 want to 
achieve." 



"I might do a rawhide 

wrapping like it was 

repaired in the field 

with materials the 

owner would have had 

on hand." 

— Daniel Winkler 



Handles do not escape Winkler's 
meticulous attention. "They have a 
texture instead of being sanded smooth," 




Karen Shook's Intricately ornate sheaths can be the centerpiece of a Winkler knife pack- 
age, as here with Daniel's damascus hunter with a leather-wrapped stag handle. Overall 
length: 11 inches. (Weyer photo) 



he commented. "I brush the grain and 
rough it up a bit to make it look like it 
was used for 30 or 40 years. Then I might 
do a rawhide wrapping on it like it was 
repaired in the field with materials the 
owner would have had on hand," 

Despite their weathered and worn 
appearance, Winkler's knives can stand 
up to hard use. He has seen to that with a 
rugged field-testing regimen. "Realisti- 
cally speaking, maybe 10-to-15 percent 
of my knives may make it into the field," 
he estimated. "On every steei I use, I go 
through the standard ABS tests of 
cutting, edge-holding strength and flexi- 



bility. I take them in the field and use 
them hard, chopping and cutting with the 
ones that are made for use that way, and 
then even doing things that a person 
shouldn't do with them. I was testing a 
knife the other day and went a little 
beyond the ABS test. The test requires 
chopping through a pine board, and 1 
used osage orange instead of pine. The 
knife held up well against that tough 
hardwood." 

According to Winkler, field testing 
not only tells how materials hold up, but 
also gives insights into blade geometry 
for top performance and the best combi- 



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"On every steel I use, 

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— Daniel Winkler 



Fur Daniel, challenges have been 
routine. However, the biggest may well 
have been in gaining acceptance for his 
style. "Actually, this goes back to ihe 
very first knife 1 made, which was part of 
a high school industrial arts project," he 
remembered. "I was making accessories 
for a shooting pouch to go with a muzzle- 
loading rifle and made a patch knife to 
go with it. My interest in history and the 
time period of the early settlement of 
this country have played a big pari in 
influencing what I do. It took a few years 



to get the style and the antiqued look 
accepted by the knife community, I think 
there may have been a lack of under- 
standing that the knives weren't old and 
that I did make them intentionally to 
look like that. It was different from what 
was normal for custom knives, but things 
have gone very well for me. I've noticed 



other makers using historic designs and 
being well received in the marketplace." 
Once knife collectors began to 
embrace Winkler's style, recognition 
came as well. One of his most recent 
achievements was a 1998 BLADEhand- 
made™ Award for best utility/hunter. 
The winning piece was an 18th-century- 



Winkler-Shook: Partner Power 

Everyone has heard the aid saying about a good woman being behind every 
successful man. In the case of Daniel Winkler, there is a very talented woman 
standing right alongside. In fact, a few years ago, Winkler actually worked for his 
partner, Karen Shook, at a leather goods company. 

These days, Winkler's knives are complemented by Karen's sheath artistry. 
"The sheaths make a complete package for us, and they are as much a key to our 
success as anything," Daniel explained. 

Most of Karen's sheaths are made with a latigo leather liner covered by 
rawhide and embellished with a variety of decorations. "Typically, Daniel finishes 
a knife and brings it to me," she said. "I come up with something that goes well 
with it. Sometimes, I'll have an idea for a sheath, and he will make a knife to fit it. 
I can't say my work is copied from sheaths from earlier times, but I have used 
ideas from sheaths, quivers, clothing, moccasins, anything I can look at that will 
influence my work. We spend a lot of lime in museums, looking for decorating 
ideas and techniques." 

As Daniel noted, "A collector advised us one time that a knife is only as good 
as the sheath it's put into, so we took that to heart and it has helped us a lot." 
Truly, like Winkler and Shook, the knives and sheaths go together. One without 
the other is only half the picture. 



70 /BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



style trailing-point knife with a blade of 
320-iayer, pattern-welded 1095 and L-6, 
and a curly maple handle partially 
covered with rawhide and decorative 
tack work. Overall length: t 1/2 inches. 

For Winkler and Karen Shook, 
maker of the period-correct sheaths that 
accompany Daniel's living-history 
knives, future projects include making 
tribute sets, which highlight an aspect of 
Native American culture, such as one in 
the works on the Turtle Clan of the 
Blackfoot tribe. The ensemble will 
include snapping turtle skin on the 
handle and symbolic paintings on the 
rawhide sheath, along with a booklet 
explaining the symbolism. The pair also 
is working on a limited-edition friction 
folder for the Orvis company to sell 
through its catalog. Currently. Winkler is 
working with an eight-month backlog 
and custom orders make up about 60 
percent of his volume. 

Combining his love of both history 
and knives. Daniel has succeeded in 
producing works that stand the lest of 
time — the here and now and an earlier 
one as well. 




A dropped crown-stag handle tops off 
Winkler's bowie. The 7-inch damascus 
blade features a file pattern on the spine. 
Shook augments the period look with a 
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By Judge Lowell Bray 



When Jurors Go Too For 

"Knife experiments" in the jury room cannot be equated 
with evidence about the knives in question at trial 



Courts are very careful to guard the 
privacy of jurors. Though free to 
talk about what happened in the 
jury room after they are released from 
their duties, jurors have a right to refuse 
to discuss what transpired there if they 
wish. Only by court order can anyone be 
forced to reveal the discussions, deliber- 
ations and votes of a jury. In many juris- 
dictions, lawyers are prohibited from 
asking former jurors any questions about 
what happened in the jury room unless a 
judge gives special permission. Such 
permission is not freely given, the reason 
being to protect the jury system. The 
fear is that jurors will be questioned, 
cross-examined and found fault with 
until citizens are unwilling to serve on 
juries. Hence, it is only infrequently that 
there is a case that provides some insight 
into what happens in the jury room. Such 
a case is State v. Downard. 

Stale v. Downard 

The incident giving rise to the case 
occurred on Feb. 6, 1998. Richard 
Williams and Ramon Downard were 
both romantically involved with the 
same woman. Williams occasionally lived 
with the woman, though there is disa- 
greement as to whether he was doing so 
on the date in question. The woman, a 
Ms. Rucker, spent time in a bar with 
Downard until an argument developed 
between them. Rucker then left the bar 
and went to her apartment. Williams, 
meanwhile, learned of the argument and 
went to the bar. He confronted 
Downard, told him to leave Rucker 
alone, pulled Downard's cap down over 
his eyes and left. 

Williams returned to Rucker's apart- 
ment. Sometime later, he went outside to 
move cars belonging to him because they 
had been vandalized recently. There are 
two versions of what happened next. 
According to Downard. he went to 
Rucker's home to see if she was all right 
when, suddenly, Williams appeared and 
began hitting him. Downard testified 
that he was able to remove a knife from 
his back pocket, open it and use it to 

72 / BLADE 



defend himself. Williams testified that he 
was walking toward his car when 
Downard appeared from behind some 
mailboxes and without warning began 
stabbing him. 

Williams ran back to Rucker's apart- 
ment, at which time emergency assis- 
tance was called and he was taken to the 
hospital by ambulance. Downard drove 
home, where he, too, called emergency 
medical services. After being questioned 
by police, he also was transported to the 
hospital by ambulance. 

"A jury may not rely 

on evidence not 
subject to objection, 
cross-examination, 
explanation, or rebut- 
tal." — Washington 
appellate court 

Ultimately, Downard was charged 
with assault with a deadly weapon. At 
trial, defense counsel made an opening 
statement claiming that after Downard 
was attacked, the defendant "was able to 
reach into his back pocket and take out 
the knife and, because it's a fishing knife, 
he was able to open it with one hand 
against his leg." Downard testified at 
trial but neither he nor any other witness 
said that he opened the knife with one 
hand. The knife was introduced into 
evidence and sent to the jury room 
during the jury's deliberations. The jury 
found the defendant guilty. 

Jury Misconduct? 

Before Downard was sentenced, his 
lawyer moved for a new trial on the 
grounds of jury misconduct. He 
supported the motion with affidavits a 
private investigator had obtained from 
four jurors. One of the affidavits read: "1 
remember watching one of the male 
jurors trying to open Downard's knife 



with one hand. He could not do it and 
stated it was not possible. He had to use 
both hands to open the knife. I believe 
two other jurors also tried to open the 
knife using one hand; they were not able 
to do so." Another affidavit read: "I did 
see one of the juror's [sicj in this case 
attempt to open Downard's knife using 
only one hand. The jurors were question- 
ing how this could be done. One of the 
men on the jury picked up the knife and 
said it could not be opened the way 
Downard had described. He tried to 
open it, but could not open it with one 
hand and had to use two hands." 

The third juror wrote: "During jury 
deliberations, I saw the eldest man in the 
jury attempt to open Downard's knife by 
brushing it against his thigh with one 
hand. He claimed the knife could not be 
opened in that way. This same juror had 
to use both hands to open the knife." 
The fourth juror's affidavit said in part, 
"I recall Juror Clint Barrick taking 
Downard's knife out of the evidence bag. 
It was covered with blood and in spite of 
my telling him to wait until gloves could 
be obtained, he attempted to open the 
knife with one hand. He was unable to 
do so. He said he had a knife just like 
this one and it could not be opened with 
one hand." The affidavits agreed that the 
difficulty in opening the knife contrib- 
uted to the jurors finding Downard 
guilty. 

At the hearing on the motion for a 
new trial, the defense argued that the 
jurors had relied in part on their own 
experiments when no experiment had 
been conducted in court. It also argued 
that, in part, the jury relied on the state- 
ment of juror Barrick and others that the 
knife could not be opened with one 
hand. These statements were not part of 
the evidence. The defense also had 
Downard demonstrate for the judge that 
he could in fact open a similar knife with 
one hand. The motion for a new trial was 
granted. The state appealed. 

The Appeal 

The appellate court stated that under the 

SEPTEMBER 2000 



law of the state of Washington, a new 
trial may be warranted when a jury 
considers information other than 
evidence admitted at trial. The court said 
that: 

While o jury may use exhibifs admitted into 
evidence in order to critically examine a 
defendant's version of the events under a 
claim of self-defense, it may not rely on novel 
or extrinsic evidence, which is not subject to 
objection, cross-examination, explanation, 
or rebuttal. Whether such jury misconduct 
wos prejudicial is a factual inquiry for the 
court. 

The court went on to agree with the 
trial judge that the jury might have been 
influenced by the "experiment" with the 
knife. The trial judge's order was upheld 
and a new trial granted. 

"Their difficulty in 
opening the knife 
contributed to the 

jurors finding 
L) oh nar d guilty." 

— the author 

It is interesting to note that the trial 
and appellate courts refused to consider 
portions of the jurors' affidavits that 
contained statements about the jurors' 
actual deliberations. Though this was the 
very subject matter that the courts were 
concerned about, this is the kind of infor- 
mation into which courts are extremely 
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the court looked at what the jurors physi- 
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might have influenced them, while the 
court still tried to avoid actually looking 
into the jurors' thought processes and 
their discussions with each other. 

This is a troubling problem that no 
doubt will plague courts as long as there 
are juries. The only real alternatives are 
to do away with the jury system or to use 
professional jurors. Few Americans 
would be willing to consider either idea. 

Facts taken from State v. Downard, 
No. 17940-1-111 (Wash. App. Div. 
01/27/2000). 

The author has been a lawyer since 1973 
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Titanium handles, screws, liners, frames, blades- 
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By Joe Kertzman 



MMM" the old days, when you gave 
^someone <* heavy knife, they 



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substantia! knife." Well, things have 
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heavy knife today, they say, "This is junk- 




It is too heavy."" relates custom knife- 
maker John Kubasek. "People want a 
nice, light, easily accessible knife that 
doesn't weigh them down." 

Les Halpern of Hal pern Titanium says 
titanium is about M\ percent stronger and 
one-third lighter than common stainless 
steels knifemakers employ. 

"Any time you have a 

strong and lightweight 

material, you have a 

winner." 

-Steve Hull 

Kubasek uses titanium in building 
locks, handles, pocket clips and holsters 
for folding knives, a practice he started 
after reading magazine articles about 
Michael Walker using titanium in his 
LinerLock® folders. 

Credit for popularizing the use of tita- 
nium as a handle material can be given, on 
the factory side, to Boker and Buck Knives, 
and on the handmade side to Walker and 
his former wife, Patricia, the latter of whom 
became known for anodizing titanium on 
Michael's hi-tech art folders. 

Benchmade Knives offers the Mel 

Weighing in at 5 ounces, the Mission 
Knives MPS-Ti serrated model is an inte- 
gral beta titanium piece that is, of course, 
non-reflective, non-magnetic, corrosion 
resistant, and according to Mission, 
strong and durable. 



74 /BLADE 



Pardue 850 pocketknife with anodi/ed- 
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Benchmade 's Les de Asis. 

The Benchmade Model 750 Pinnacle 
takes further advantage of the strong and 
lightweight properties. "In this example, 
we designed around titanium's light- 
weight and durable characteristics, using 
thicker slabs of fiAL4V to build integral 
lock handles," de Asis notes. 

"For my blue-handle piece. 1 polished 
it first, then anodized it resulting in a 
bright blue," Kubasek stales. "If I was to 
anodize a handle gold and overlay it with 
tortoise shell, the gold would bring out 
the browns and golds of the otherwise 
semi-transparent shell." 

Ti It All Together 

Kubasek always starts with a titanium 
base, or frame, in building a folding knife. 
If not the liners, then the handle is tita- 
nium, on which he overlays anything from 
exotic wood to carbon fiber. "Everything 
works with titanium," he notes, "if you 
bead blast titanium, it goes great with 
carbon fiber, or coloring it complements 
other handle materials. At shows, it is an 
eye-catching element." 

"I've never recommended titanium as 
a knife blade to anyone who has called." 

Benchmade Knives offers the Mel Pardue 
850 pocketknife (right) with anodized- 
f its nium liners and bolsters to, as Les de 
Asis explains, provide a visually pleasing 
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case, the handle. (Weyer photo) 



imparts Halpern, a supplier of titanium to 
knifemakers and manufacturers. "It will 
take a shaving-sharp edge, but it won't 
hold it. The titanium Mission Knives uses 
is the best you can get, but it isn't as hard 
and doesn't hold an edge as well as steel." 

"I ground one titanium blade out of 
the stuff Rick Schultz of Mission uses," 
khifemaker Kit Carson recalls. "It had to 
be that particular titanium. Otherwise, 
you can't get the hardness you need." 

Schultz, owner of Mission Knives, says 
he had a particular audience in 
mind-Navy SEALs and EODs-who actu- 
ally sponsored the use of titanium blades 
and had facilities for testing titanium as a 
blade material. "We picked the right 
grade of titanium and built the right knife 
for them," he comments. 

"You can go back to Kim Breed's arti- 
cles in BLADE®, in which he said, all 
things being equal, our blades perform 
like well-heat-treated 440A blades, which 
isn't bad for an alloy without any ferrite or 
iron in its makeup," Schultz expounds. 

Another use for titanium is in blade 
coatings, according to Schultz, who says 
titanium aluminum nitride, in particular, is 
one of the most resistant to scratches. 
"We use the vapor deposition process of 
coating the blade," he notes. "Using a 
vacuum process, we actually remove a few 
molecules of metal and replace it with the 
titanium aluminum nitride coating. It 
works better than coatings you spray on." 

DarreH Lewis of TiGold claims to 
process approximately 90 percent of the 
coated factory knife blades available 
today. He offers three primary coatings: 
Blak-Ti (titanium carbonitride), TIGOLD 
(titanium nitride) and CHROMIT (chro- 
miunr nitride). Each gives blades a color 
finish, including gold, black and silver. 

"We have manufactured rugged-use 
knives with titanium blades, on which we 
sprayed a surface coating of tantalum 



carbide to impart better edge-holding 
qualities," de Asis recalls. "We were able 
to satisfy a customer group's special 
warfare demolition needs with this mate- 
rial. Granted, I don't think titanium will 
ever replace blade steel, but there are 
constant advancements in material science 
with beneficial results." 

Titanium Grinds Tough 

"1 haven't used it as a blade steel because 
it would be hard for me to grind," Kuba- 
sek says. "If I tried to grind titanium on a 
Bader grinder, it would burn up the belts." 

Since Kubasek has always used tita- 
nium for knife parts other than blades, he 
can't say it raises his cost per knife over 
stainless steel. 

"Titanium is three times the price as 
stainlesses," Halpern reminds, "but with 
the exception of screws, the beauty and 
function counterbalance the cost." 

At the time this article was written, 
Halpern had a rock -bottom sale on one 
particular size of titanium screw-50(! for a 
256 pan head-but he says titanium screws 
regularly sell for $4-$6 apiece. 

"I've paid $5 for one screw," Carson 
claims. "At one time, I was putting $45- 
worth of screws in one knife, and custom- 
ers were willing to pay for them. Titanium 
has an exotic flair. You can texture it, 
color it or bead blast it. With anodized 
titanium, you can have a blue back spacer, 
gold screws and a purple thumb button." 

Carson designs knives for titanium, 
meaning the titanium comes before the 
knives. "I tike locking liners to gall, and 
titanium galls," he notes. "You have to 
heat treat and temper stainless locking 
liners to achieve a spring-like quality," 

Over years of use, Carson warns, a 
tempered stainless steel liner will wear 
better than a titanium locking liner where 
the lock engages the back ofthe blade. 

"What brought titanium into the knife 



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industry is the ability to anodize it and its 
effectiveness as a lightweight material that 
maintains the integrity of a LinerLock," 
Halpern informs. "It is springy without a 
heat treat. Before titanium, knifemakers 
had trouble with stainless liners warping." 

Like Kubasek, Carson insists titanium 
doesn't generally raise the cost of his 
knives because it is a constant throughout 
his line. "I charge for titanium back spac- 
ers because they are time consuming to 
make," he allows. "Titanium is difficult to 
surface grind and mill down. 

"Titanium throws a tremendous spark 
if you grind it at high speeds," he adds, 
"and if you've built up dust, shavings and 
grit, it will spark itself and start everything 
on fire. That gets your attention fast." 

To compensate, over years of trial and 
error, Carson has learned to adjust the 



speeds on grinders and drill presses to a 
reduced rotation per second. "I grind with 
a variable speed grinder and use a low- 
speed drill press," he says. 

Titanium Work Hardens? 

"Titanium doesn't harden like steel," 
Kubasek explains. "It 'work hardens.' If 
you try to grind it too fast, generating 
heat, it shears the grit off the belt and 
makes it harder to grind. 

"You want to use extremely sharp 
drills and taps," he adds. "Otherwise, they 
will work harden the hole, and as a result, 
dull the drill or tap. Dull carbide drill bits 
have been known to shatter while working 
on titanium." 

In exchange for the strength and light- 
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working with it. "Weight is its greatest 
quality." he reasons. "The only compara- 
ble material is stainless steel, and one of 
my larger folding knives in stainless steel 
outweighs same-size titanium-handle 
versions by 2 ounces." 

Carson uses 6AL4V titanium for its 
alloy strength, which he says is greater 
than the commercial-grade titaniums. 



"Titanium doesn't 

harden like steel. It 

'work hardens,"' 

-John Kubasek 



Schultz recognizes over 100 grades of 
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3) alpha beta alloys; and 4) beta alloys. 

"Commercially pure titanium is soft 
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Alpha beta alloys are where you find the 
most common knifemaking titanium 
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percent aluminum, 4 percent vanadium 
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The beta alloy Mission uses tests up to 
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"You can heat treat beta titaniums," 
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"6AL4V performs like a 302 stainless 
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Companies would rather take advan- 
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"We had an injection molder buy our 
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ant and easy to anodize, Mason notes. 
"You see it being used in every new 
aircraft, like the Boeing 777s," he reflects, 
"which have a high percentage of tita- 
nium fly weight. My guess is that Boeing 
jets are now 10-12 percent titanium as 
compared to 5-6 percent in years past. If 
you can save pounds in the air, it is a 
valuable asset." 

"There are some lighter and stronger 
aircraft alloys that aren't available to 
mere mortals," says Steve Hull of Buck 
Knives. "Any time you have a strong and 
lightweight material, you have a winner." 

Other materials that qualify as light- 
weight are plastic and aluminum, Hull 
relates, but neither are as strong as tita- 
nium. "Titanium is not so rare that we 
can't get it in regular production," he 
adds. 

"We, and all of our competitors, are 
searching for something functionally 
better," Hull says. "We don't have to go 
out and sell titanium. The perception 
already in place is that it is a space-age 
alloy." 

The Strider, a collaboration with 
Strider Knives in California, is one of 
Buck's first ventures into titanium as well 
as into making a tactical-type knife. "We 
can justify the cost," Hull notes. "We 
don't use G-10 in every knife. It is an 
expensive product. We ask ourselves if 
the customer needs G-10 or titanium for 
the knife to perform. 

"In the case of the Strider, failure isn't 
an option, and titanium was the best liner 
material available today," he adds. "Our 
martensitic stainless steel liners do a fine 
job, but if put head-to-head with tita- 
nium, they are not as strong." 

Mason suggests titanium is approxi- 
mately 60 percent the weight of steel, 
which he puts into perspective by saying 
that, when a customer picks up a titanium- 
handle knife, the handle alone weighs 
slightly more than half the amount of a 
stainless steel handle of the same size. 

"I carry titanium in every thickness 
from .016-inch up to I/4-inch, and knife- 
makers use every thickness," Mason 
notes. "Each maker has his own ideas on 
design and what thickness the design 
requires. It is a craftsman industry, 

"I'm surprised by the beauty accom- 
plished by knifemakers anodizing tita- 
nium," Mason adds, "and I'm amazed at 
how many of them know how to work 
with titanium." 

For the addresses of the experts inter- 
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'Em" on page 113. 



Kit Carson says he anodizes titanium 
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BULLDOG 



6466 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List-. P08 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



CASE 



6486 



CASE FOR Sale. Tested, xx, USA. 70s, 80s, Also all 
new case 5. We handle most German knives and older 
American knives. Since 1950. Robert Werner, 209 
4ttl St. SW. Cullman, AL 35055. 256-734-5291. 

OLDER CASE pocketknives for sale. XX, USA, 10 Dol 
and others. Clean outstanding knives with pretty 
handles. Please call or write for my list. Charlie 
Mattox. PO Box 1565, Gallatin, TN 370S6. 615- 
452-5774 or 1-800-993-3710, voice mail pager. 
Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 

ROV FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POS 1335. Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 

WANTED: CASE pocketknives especially 10 Dot and 
older. Check with Charlie before you sell. Call or write. 
Charlie Mattox, PO Box 1565, Gallatin, TN 37066. 
615-452-5774 or 1-800-993-3710. voice mail 
pager. Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 



CRIPPLE CREEK 



6530 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



FIGHT'N ROOSTER 



6586 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills. CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



MARBLE'S 



6766 



BOWIE CORPORATION, factory authorized distributor 
for Marbles knives. Dealer inquiries encouraged. 517- 
347-2547, Fax 517-347-8446, 

KNIFE TRADER we sell the full line of marble knives 
and axes. Send or call for a list. 3022 East Mich. Ave, 
Lansing. Ml 48912. 517-336-9010. 



PUMA 



6842 



PUMA. KNIFEMAKERS to the world since 1769. 
Finest quality handmade hunting, lishing, and 
collector knives. Color brochure and discontinued list 
$2. Investment Cutlery, P.O. Box 544 B, Auburn, MA 
01501, Your full line Puma dealer. 

MISC. FACTORY BRANDS ~ 7090 

ACTION KNIVES, automatics, butterflies, batons. 
nunchakus, stars, lasers, knuckles, much more. 
www.actionknives.com 1-877-3KNIVES. 

AFFORDABLE QUALITY, tough, innovative knives. 
http://www.eknife.net P.J. Turner Knife Mfg., Inc. 
Afton, WY 83110. 800-638-9969. 

QUALITY BLADES, Mar, Cuda. Emerson, Queen, 
CRKT, Tops, W/Henry, others. Ron Ryder 775-423- 
7481. http:// 

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7100 



KNIFE CATALOG. Major brands. Midwest's largest 
selection. $3 (refundable with first order). Safe & 
Knife Company, 4721 42nd Ave N., Robbinsdale, 
MN 55422. 



BOWIES 



7152 



BIG BOWIES and large fighters, My Personal 
Collection; top makers, LSASE for list. L.O, Drake, 
Cutler, "Tall Oaks" Ridge Ln„ Mill Neck, NY 11765- 
0349. 516-922-2874. IdrakeCr) optonline.net 
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COOPER, NELSON, Togoo, Hibben, Draper, Rigney, 
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and others. Walt 800-527-8050 or 949-496-5844, 
eves. 



7322 RUANA (RUDY) 



FOLDING 



SCHMIDT, SHADLEY, Hale, Osborne, Kious, Hoel, 
Centofante, Kaj Embretsen, Martin, Busfield, Horn, 
Hodgson and others. Walt 800-527-8050 or 949- 
495-5844, eves. 



FOLDING (MULTI-BLADE) 7338 

ROY FA2ALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Tony Bose, Terry Davis, Eugene Shad ley. 
many others. Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



ONE-HAND 



BOKER TOPLOCK speedlock s/s replacement springs, 
$4,50 ea. 10 for $40. MO only. Rich 212-383- 
9043. 



SWORDS 



7602 



ASIAN, PACIFIC antique arms and armor. 5 photo 
catalog, $9, Over seas $16. Seven Stars Trading Co., 
POB 4666, Alexandria, VA 22303, 

KRIS AND other Eastern Edged Weapons. I specialize 
in Indonesian and Malay Kris, and Edged Weapons 
from Asia and the East. For twice yearly free catalog, 
write to; Alan Maisey (Tosan Aji), PO Box 197, 
Vincentia, 2540, Australia. 

ORIGINAL ANTIQUE swords, knives. All countries 
periods. Many Damasucs! Japanese, Mid East, 
Philippine, etc. 20 years mail order, 42 years 
experience. Frederick's Antique Sword, 6919 
Westview, Oak Forest, IL 60452. Next 4 catalogs. 
$10. 



MISC, KNIFE TYPES/ 
PATTERNS 



7674 



LAGUIOLE FOLDERS, factory direct distributor, best 
prices. Also Laguiole hunting knives, and "Le Kooto" 
folders. Dealers inquiries invited. Frantech: 770-619- 
9957, Fax 770-619-9248, 



BOSE (TONY) 



7778 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
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91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



DAVIS (TERRY) 



7888 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
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91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



LOVELESS (BOB) 



8400 



BUYING LOVELESS knives. Top prices paid. Rhett 
Stidham, Box 570, Roseland. FL 32957. 561-589- 
0618. E-mail: rstidhamfjrgate.net 

LOVELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 31740, 912-732-6982 anytime. 



MORAN (BILL) 



8450 



MORAN KNIVES wanted by collector. Bob 415-768- 
4821. 

W.F. MORAN knives wanted. Cash buyer, collections 
desireable. We also consign. Steve Lewis, PO Box 
9056, Woodland Park, Co 80856. 719-686-1120. 
www.lewis-knives.com. 

W.F. MORAN knives for sale, ST-23 and others. 
Special camp knife, single guard. $3, 900. Steve 719- 
686-1120. 



RANDALL 



8708 



I WILL pay top dollar for old Randall knives with 
Heiser sheaths in good condition. McCotter 252-633- 
5697, 



8788 



RUANAS wanted, especially Bowies, Customs and 
Older stampings. Also brochures, literature. Sticker. 
711 McCormack, Ridgeland, MS 39157. 601-957- 
2436. stickergrpr/iiolms.com 



7334 SCAGEL (WILLIAM) 



8808 



BUYING SCAGEL knives. Top prices paid. Rhett 
Stidham, Box 570, Roseland, FL 32957. 561-589- 
0618. E-mail: rstidhamfpgate.net 

SCAGEL KNIVES and Axes wanted: Gordon White, 
PO Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 31740. 912-732-6982 
anytime. 



SHADLEY (EUGENE) 



8880 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: P08 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



7466 MISCELLANEOUS HANDMADE 9224 



A&J - Custom Knives For Sale- W.F. Moran, Jr., Horn. 
S. Hoel, H.H. Frank, Loveless, Lake and many other 
top makers on hand. Full line of the Al Mar line. A&J 
Enterprises. Box 1343 SSS. Springfield, MO 55805. 
417-335-2171. Buy, sell, trade or consignment. 
$2,00 for list. 

A&J - Custom Knives Wanted- W.F. Moran. Jr.. Horn, 
S. Hoel, H.H. Frank, Loveless, Lake and many other 
top makers. The Al Mar line. A8J Enterprises, Box 
1343 SSS, Springfield, MO 65805. 417-335-2171. 
Buy, sell, trade or consignment. $2.00 for list. 

BASH DANI Trading Co. creates and sells custom 
knives to collectors and dealers. Specializing in 
Southwestern inlay design, automatics, horn knives, 
re-handling, engraving, 3nd file work. Shop online; 
http://www.bdknives.com or call 520-632-1051. 

DIGSY'S FINE Custom Knives- from Sheffield, 
England. Send for details. Also, reputable dealers 
required. Digby's, 1050 E. Piedmont Rd„ Suite 
E230, Marietta, GA 30062. 

DRAPER (HARVEY) buy, sell, trade. Currently have a 
collection for sale. Priced from $350 to $2,000. Joe 

Ashman, 10 S, Main. Fillmore, LIT 84631. 801-743- 
5325. 

ENGLAND, LOERCHNER, Carter, Viele. many others. 
Exceptional one-of-a-kind pieces from my personal 

collection. LisV photos: E-mail Frank at 
fpanicof'raol.com or call/ fax at: 954-978-8614, 9am 
to 10pm EST. 

H.H. FRANK: His masterpiece, 1,000 hours, gold 
bolsters, acorns, ivory handle. Call for price. Steve 
719-686-1120. 

JACK CRAIN hollow handle knives wanted. Fred 773- 
769-5160. 

JACK CRAIN number one set of three "Predator" knife 
set for sale. Only interested call. $27,000 firm. 903- 
599-2072. 

MARLOWE HANDMADE knives. Hunting, fighting/ 
survival, bowies, folders- manual and automatic. Send 
SASE for brochure. Charles Marlowe, 510 East 9th, 
Wayne. NE 68787. 402-375-4928. 

SCOTTISH SGIAN dubhs, bowies, hunters, and other 
fixed blades by bladesmilh Jarod Kearney. Call 336- 
656-4617, email: jarodkf" mindspring.com or visit: 
http://www.jarodsworkshop.com 

TIM LIVELY handmade knives. Free photos. PO Box 
8784. Catalina. Arizona 85738. 520-818-0621. 

WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives; Randall, 
Scagel, Ruana, F.S. Richtig, Morseth, Bone, Cooper, 
Loveless, Moran, Lile, etc. Also military knives and 
pocketknives, watches. Send description and price to; 
Angelo Solino, 201 Toronto Ave., Massapequa, NY 
11758, 516-798-4252. 

WANTED- BETTER custom knives, folders and 
straight, Lake, Moran, Scagel, Schmidt, Horn. 
Interested in collections. Walt 800-527-8050 or 949- 
496-5844. 

WANTED: SCAGEL, R.H. Ruana. Randall, Loveless. 

Morseth. Remington, and Marbles knives and axes. 

Any Heiser knife or axe sheaths. 912-732-6982, 

anytime. Gordon White, Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 
31740. 

MISCELLANEOUS MILITARY 9475 

TARGES- SCOTTISH Battle Shields quality leather, 

brassheaded tacks, historic patterns. I make my own. 
Send long stamped addressed envelope. George 
Bolton, 130 N. Hudson St., Coldwater, Ml 49036- 
1402. 



102/ BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



Blue Mountain Uses 
Turquoise And Coral 

The "Majestic Eagle" by Blue Moun- 
tain Turquoise is a Case trapper 
dressed in turquoise, coral, lapis 
lazuli, bone and sterling silver. 

For more information contact Blue 
Mountain Turquoise, attn: M. Riccitelli, 
Dept. BL9, POB 112, Quemado, NM 
87829 (800) 533-6329. 



Throwing Knives 
Sport 5160 Steel 

I ob Patrick fashions a set of three 

12-inch, Pierce- Arrow throwing 

'knives from 1/4-inch, 5160 stock. 

For more information contact Bob 

Patrick, Dept. BL9, 12642 24A Ave., S. 

Surrey, B.C., Canada V4A 8H9 (604) 

538-6214. 





Leland Blends O- 1 
And Elephant Ivory 

Steve Leland reproduces a San Fran- 
cisco bowie in an O-l blade, an 
elephant ivory handle and nickel- 
silver fittings. 

For more information contact Steve 
Leland, Dept. BL9, 2300 Sir Francis Drake 
Blvd., Fairfax, CA 94930 (415) 457-0318. 



Leatherman Debuts 
Stainless Multi-Tool 

The Leatherman Pulse incorporates a 
a stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, 
drop-point knife blade, scissors, 
screwdrivers and a diamond-coated file. 

For more information contact Leath- 
erman, attn: K Gothro, Dept. BL9, 12106 
N.E. Ainsworth Cir„ Portland, OR 97220 
(503) 253-7826. 



Moon-Shape Grips 
Are High Impact 

Sarco Cutlery's Moon Knife Collec- 
tion lifts off with moon-shaped, 
high-impact plastic handles, thumb 
notches and 420 J stainless steel blades. 

For more information contact Sarco 
Cutlery Corp, attn: R. Darby, Dept. BL9, 
115 Fairground Rd., Florence, AL 35630 
(256) 766-8099. 




Burke Insets Three 
Diamonds In Bolster 

an Burke's "Millennium" wharn- 
jcliffe pattern is defined by a Frank 
Durio damascus blade and an O-l 
bolster inset with diamonds. 

For more information contact Dan 
Burke, Dept. BL9, 22001 Ole Barn Rd., 
Edmond, OK 73034 (405) 341-3406. 





SEPTEMBER 2000 



BLADE/ 103 



Folder Showcases 
Fish Handle Imprint 



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KA Knives of Sweden introduces 
the Mode] 100 with imprinting of a 
wildlife scene on a matte-polished, 
stainless steel handle. 

For more information contact the U.S. 
distributor of EKA, the Nichols Co., attn: 
J. Nichols, Dept. BL9, POB 473, Wood- 
stock, VT 05091 (802) 457-3970. 



Fitch Handles Camp 
Knife In Black Locust 

With a 5160 blade, a black-locust 
handle and nickel silver 
fittings, John Fitch's camp knife 
stretches over 15 inches. 

For more information contact John 
Fitch. Dept. BL9. 45 Halbrook Rd., Clin- 
ton, AR 72031 (501) 893-2020. 




Titanium Highlighted 
By Laser Engraving 

The ATS-34 Gigand Titan sports a 
titanium handle complemented by 
laser engraving. 
For more information contact Gigand's 
U.S. distributor. Double 8 Trading Co., attn: 
A. James, Dept. BL9, 701 Penhorn Ave., 
Secaucus, NJ 07094 (800) 888-2188. 




AUCTION SERVICES 



9690 



KNIFE AUCTION - live on the Internet at hltprf 
www.fightingknives.com for buying and selling all 
types of knives. Many switchblades, new, used, 
hundreds of rare Da I tons! Get to a computer and get 
in on the action! 



BOOKS/ MAGAZINES/ VIDEOS 9700 

THREE OUTSTANDING instructional knife making 
videos by Bill Moran. "Maying of a Knive" 90 minutes 
$55. "Damascus" 90 minutes $55. "Handles, 
Guards, and Sheaths" 2 hours 20 minutes $55. 
Including shipping and handling. Carole Sanford, PO 
Box 2077, Olympia, WA 98507. 



BUY, SELL, TRADE 



9705 



FINER POINTS Cutlery LLC. Tactical knives are our 
specially. We carry over 40 different brand name 
knives, Armed with our "To the point price policy", we 
cannot be beat in value or selection. Please visit us at 
http://www.fi ne rpo i ntscutlery .com 



CATALOGS/ MAIL ORDER 9710 
LISTS 



BULLDOG BRAND- Fight'n Rooster- Cripple Creek- 
Handmade Folders: Roy Fazalare, POB 1335, Agoura 
Hills, CA 91375-1335; 818-879-6161. Free List! 

CANADIAN DEALER serving the collector for the past 
5 years. Hundreds of brand name knives in stock for 
immediate delivery; Benchmade, Cold Steel, SOG, 
and morel Mario and Gladius swords as well. Phone 
or fax for price and delivery. Thousands of satisfied 
customers. Mailorder to Canada and U.S. Visit us at 
our new location when in Toronto at the Woodbine 
Shopping Centre across from the Woodbine Racetrack 
at Rexdale Blvd. and Hwy. 27, Rexdale, Ont. 15 
minutes from the airport. S&R Knives Inc., Rexdale, 
Ontario. PH# 416-675-6464, FAX 416-675-6465, 
Visa & AM EX accepted. 

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LISTS 

DISCOUNTS UP to 55% on Case, Columbia River, 
Buck, EDI, Puma, Hen and Rooster, Smith and 
Wesson, Gerber, Boker, Benchmade, Spyderco, 
Emmerson, Microtech, Kershaw and many more. Free 
catalog. Sooner State Knives, 401 E. Main, Konawa, 
OK 74849, 580-925-3708 VISA/MC. 

FOR SALE Custom made knives. Call for free 
brochure. Scott 310-377-8609, leave message 
anytime. 

GREEN RIVER Knives, stag, ivory micarta, buffalo 
horn, oak, with sheaths. Brochure $1 Vork Mountain 
Enterprises, RD2 Box 272B Dept, B, Pittsfield, PA 
16340. 

KNIFE LIST: Usually 200+ old/ new/ discontinued 
items. $1 (refundable) and large SASE to: Knives, 
1426 S. 167th St., Omaha, NE 68130. 

KNIVES PLUS (TM), retail cutlery and cutlery 
accessories since 1987, excellent mail-order prices on 
most major brands. Spyderco. Gerber, Cold Steel, Eye 
Brand, Case, Buck, KA-BAR, Columbia River, Smith 4 
Wesson, Kershaw, SOG and many more. Same day 
shipping on most orders placed by 12:00 CST. Visa, 
MasterCard, American Express and Discover 
accepted. Call for free list 800-687-6202. 

LIST OF over 300 Antique Knives, Including Ka-Bar, 
Grizzly, Presto, Flylock, Case, Remington, Lata ma, 
Italian pick locks and many more brands. Send $3.00 
refundable with first order. Skelton Enterprise, Jerry 
Skelton, 3795 Hwy. 188, Alamo, TN 38001. 901- 
656-2443, Request list "S". 

SPVDERCO, BENCHMADE. Cold Steel * More. We 
sell 'em cheap. Largest selection, lowest prices, free 
catalog. Ruffs Knives Dept. BM, 20747 Wiygul Rd., 
Umatilla, FL 32784, 352-669-6440, FAX 352-669- 
2119, 9am-6pm EDT. cutropeCnjaol.com 

THE WORLD'S Best Antique and Collectible Knife 
Catalog. Fully illustrated. 4 catalogs per year. 
Subscription rates: $8 USA and Possessions, $16 
Foreign, Visa and Mastercard accepted, Jim and 
Cindy Taylor, Box 624, Mansfield, MA 02048 USA. 
508-226-5157. 24 hour fax fine 508-222-7544. 
Visit us on the web at: http://www.knife-princess.com 



CATALOGS/ MAIL ORDER 9710 

LISTS 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent 
free for SASE to: Tru-Balance Knife Co., PO Box 
140555, Grand Rapids, Ml 49514. 



COLLECTIONS 



9720 



GERBER, BUCK and Swiss Army, bought approx. 
1980, many models of each, new condition. For free 
list call 513-332-5864 or E-mail to 
egailk@northcom.net. For picture catalog send $5 
(per brand) to: G. Kettles, PO Box 1301, Bancroft, 
Ontario, Canada KOL ICO. 

KNIFE COLLECTION for sale. 17KA-bars. 8 bucks, 1 
Gerber, 2 Schrade, 1 Remington 175th anniversary. 
All for $1,600 OBO. Send SASE for list to: Larry 
Lapiano, 29-39 164 St., Flushing, NV 11358. 



DISTR WANTED 



9738 



DEALERS WANTED: Make extra money at knife 
shows selling our extensive line of Native American 
arts and crafts, deerskin leather bags, rabbit skin bags 
and skunk hats, Icelandic sheepskins, moose antler 
tips, and much more. For wholesale catalog, call 
Chichester at 1-800-206-6544. 



HANDLE MATERIALS 



9770 



ARIZONA I RON WOOD: Supplying extraordinary, 
defect-free ironwood bur! scales, folders, blocks. 
Exclusively offered online at httpi// 
www . arizon ai ronwood .com 520-747-4142. 



HEAT TREATING 



9780 



HEAT TREATING/ oil hardening/ zone and clay 
tempering - all steels. Beard aw Knives, PO Box 
1391, La Porte, TX 77572-1391. Call k prices. 
New # 281-587-6080. Email: bearoatestnaol.com. 

HEAT TREATING & deep suh-zero [minus 300 F) 
cryogenic quench. Rockwell testing & certificates 
available. Air quenchabtes steels only. Call toll-free 
888-461-8632 Texas Knifemakers Supply. 

SEPTEMBER 2000 



WHAT'S NEW 



Sheep Hern Defines 
ATS-34 Fixed Blade 

ichard Self s ATS-34 model sports a 
sheep-horn handle, 416 bolsters and 
: ilework on the handle spine. 
For more information contact Richard I 
Self, Dept BL9, Rt. 3, Box 2453, Nacog- i 
doches, TX 75964 (409) 560-5891. 




Ontario Premieres 
Stainless Bayonet 

The Ontario M9 Bayonet features a 
black-oxide finish on a stainless steel 
blade and a thermoplastic handle. 
For more information contact Ontario, 
attn: J. O'Brien, Dept. BL9, POB 145, 
FranklinvilJe, NY 14737 (800) 222-5233. 




Damascus And Ivory 
Double Up On Folder 

Rick Chandon's piece uses a Devin 
Thomas "firestorm damascus" 
blade, titanium liners, and ivory, 
gold and sapphires in the handle. 

For more information contact Rick 
Chandon, Dept. BL9, POB 44, Mt. 
Shasta, CA 96067 (530) 926-4676. 



KNIFE CASES/ DISPLAYS 



9800 KNIFEMAKING SUPPLIES 



9875 KNIFEMAKING SUPPLIES 



9875 



DISPLAY CASES Made from hand select walnut, oak, 
or cedar, with brass hardware, doweled and mitered 
joints for extra strength. Hand stained and satin 
finished. Standard sizes: 6x9, 9x12, 12x18, 18x24, 
and other custom sizes available. Veterans Display 
Cases at 1-888-9VETCAS or mp-M 
www.vetcases.com 

SOLID OAK display cases. Many different sizes and 
styles. Protect your investment from dust, unwanted 
handling, theft. Visit Dakota Displays at: http:// 
www.dakotadisplays.com or call 605-331-5864. 

KNIFE CLUBS/ SOCIETIES 9810 

NKCA JOHN W. SMITH CUSTOM KNIFE RAFFLE - 
Deadline for ordering raffle tickets 10/15/00. $20-24 
tickets, $10-12 tickets, $5-6 tickets. Send check or 
money order AND S.A.S.E. To: NKCA JWS RAFFLE, 
PO Box 21070, Chattanooga, TN 37424-0070, See 
our display ad in this issue for further details. 

RANDALL COLLECTORS: The Randall Knife Ciub 
now has over 2.000 members and was formed with 
the approval of Randall Made Knives, Orlando. Your 
dues buys quarterly newsletter, classified ads, current 
news about Randalls and more. Send $15 yearly dues 
to: The Randall Knife Society Inc., PO Box 539, 
Roseland, FL 32957. 



KNIFEMAKING EQUIPMENT 9840 

SHARKEY TIPPS. Tipp's Custom Knife Toolings, Hwy 
45 West, PO Box 218, Fairfield, IL 62387. Ph 618- 
847-3901. Fax: 618-847-7985. Check our new 
website http://www.sharkeytipps.com 



KNIFEMAKING SUPPLIES 



9875 



ANCIENT IVORY For Sale: Both fossil walrus and 
mammoth. Exceptional colors including blues and 
greens. Fantastic for knife handles, scrimshaw and 
carving. Rick B. Fields, 26401 Sandwich Place, Mt. 
Plymouth, FL 32776. Phone/ Fax 352-383-6270. 



ATTENTION KNIFE Makers! Find out why so many of 
today's top knife makers supply their knives in our 
quality, American made pouches. We have fleece 
lined, vinyl, zippered pouches for folders, for $1.50 
each. Also available are pouches in leather, cordura, 
exotic skins, and contract sewing of cutlery related 
products. Call for free information: Wilkinson 
Manufacturing, 1-800-587-2276. 

FOLDER SUPPLIES: Stainless screws taps, threaded 
pivot pins. IBS Int., R.B. Johnson, Box 11, 
Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-558-6128, 

FOLDER SUPPLIES: Threaded pivot pins, screws, 
taps, inlays, reamers. R.B. Johnson, IBS Intl., PO Box 
if, Clearwater MN 55320. 320-558-6128. 

FOSSIL IVORY, Oosik, fossil bone. Send $2 for price 
list. April through October: Box 350, Ester, Alaska 
99725. November through March: Roland Quimby, 
Box 31 75-RB, Casa Grande, Arizona 85222. Roland 
907-479-9335. 

FREE LIST: Fossil walrus ivory, mammoth ivory, 
musk ox, hippo ivory, oosiks, stellar seacow, ancient 
bison, mammoth bone, dinosaur bone, tortoise shell, 
fossil whale bone, baleen, moose antlers, caribou 
antlers, reindeer antlers, sheep horn, jade and 
gemstones. Anchorage Cutlery, 801 Airport Heights, 
Suite 351, Anchorage, AK 99508. 907-277-5843. 
http://www.anchoragecutlery.com 

IRONWOOD Patterned scales, 9/1 6x1- 1/2 "x5", the 
best, $15 ppd., 5 sets $50 ppd. Hiltary Diamond, 
Box P, Scottsdaie, AZ 85252. 480-994-5752, FAX 
480-994-3680. Visa, Am Ex, MC, Discover. 

IVORY LEGAL African elephant sold in full tusks or 
sections. Alan Zanotti, 20 Braunecker Rd., Plymouth, 
MA 02360. 508-746-8552. 

IVORY PRE-BAN African elephant sold in slabs, tusk 
sections, and whole tusks. Warther Museum, 
Sugarcreek, OH 330-852-3455. 

MANKEL'S 130# shop anvils. Natural gas or propane 
fired shop forges. Tongs and hammers. Good used trip 
hammers. Call for prices. Mankel 616-874-6955. 

MOOSE ANTLER tips for knife handles, crooked 
knives for wood carving, bone slabs for inlay. Call 
Chichester 1-800-206-6544. 



POWER HACKSAW blades. Makes great knives. Not 
the welded edge type. Average size l-3/4"xl9". $4 
each. Call for shipping. M/C, Visa, Amex, Disc, 714- 
527-2953. Old Knife Shop, 8039 Beach Blvd., 
Buena Park, CA 90620. E-mail: knifegunKSaol.com 

SINCE 1943- Ivory, Rough Gems, Metals, Epoxies, 
Abrasives, Engraving Tools, and More! Catalogs $6, 
Mention Blade for $3 off first order. Indian jewelers 
Supply Co, 601 East Coal Ave., Gallup, NM 87301. 
800-545-6540. 

SPECIAL- TITANIUM 6AL4V..050, .063 perfect 4 
liner locks, .100 great for bolsters and scales, $21 
per pound other thicknesses available. Jim 619-448- 
2799. 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your 
name, logo or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel 
stamps made to your specifications. "If it's worth 
making, it's worth marking." Established 1898. Henry 
A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., Providence, R I 02905. 
401-781-4767. 

TEXAS KNIFEMAKERS Supply, large mall order 
catalog available. Call toll-free 888-461-8632. 

TITANIUM 6AL4V, .063 perfect 4 targe liner locks, 
.100 great for bolsters and scales. $21 pound other 
thicknesses Jim 619-448-2799. 



KNIFE SHOPS 



9890 



CASE FOR sale: Tested, XX, USA, 70s, 80s, also old 
sets. We handle most German knives, new knives in 
case, Puma, Schrade, Boker, Bulldog, etc. Business 
since 1950. Robert Werner Co., 209 4th St. SW, 
Cullman, AL 35055. 256-734-5291. 

SHARP STUFF. Be sure to visit Arizona's largest retail 
shop for antique and custom knives, if you ever get to 
Tucson. Sharp Stuff is a full cutlery shop. We buy, 
sell, and trade in the shop or at shows only. 3655 
North Campbell Ave. at Prince. 520-881-0327. 

4BESTBLADES.COM The best knives online for less. 
http;//www. 4 bestblades .com 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



BLADE 7105 



LEATHER/ SHEATHS 



CUSTOM LEATHER knife sheaths in your design or 
mire. Write Or call: Robert Sctirap, 7024 W. Wells 
St., Wauwatosa. Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 
evenings, 

FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and 
Mike Walker send their folders with one of these soft 
goatskin, ultrasuede lined slips. Five sizes for pocket 
or belt. Arne Mason, 125 Wimer, Ashland, OR 
97520. 541-482-2260, fan 541-482-7785. 
www.arnemason.com 

HANDCRAFTED BULLWHIFS exclusively by 
Specialty Whips and Plaiting. Find us at: 
www.whipcrackers.com. Free brochure. 877-973- 
9447, e-mail whips(i; wavecom.net. 

MULTIPLE BRANDS FOR SALE 9935 

EXTREMELY-SHARP.com. Swords, knives, armor, 
blowguns, crossbows, martial arts equipment, and 
such. Checkout our web site! http://extremely- 
sharp.com. Mention "Blade" for 5% off] 



9900 SERVICES, MISCELLANEOUS 9980 STEELS 



9991 



CUSTOM STABILIZATION; full acrylic impregnation 
of wood, bone, ivory, antler, doing clear, dyeing of 8 
colors and now new double-dye processing. We sell 
stabilized wood handle material. Wood Stabilizing 
Specialists International. 800-30 1-9774. 

EXPERIENCED FREELANCE writers and established 
collectors wanted to contribute quality articles on 
collectibles to collectorcafe.com, a new web portal 
supported by Stanley Gibbons. For further details, visit 
http://www.collectorcafe.com or contact Jason Impey 
on editorCucollectorcafe.com 

FREE OUTDOOR knife-use tips from former Green 
Beret, http://www.survival-books.com Fax: 800-292- 
2702. 

KNIFE DULL? Consider serration for long lasting 
sharpness. Custom cut. Prices start $18.95. Info., S2 
to Mimna Designs, 36 Woodside Drive. York, PA 
17402. 



FORGED 52100. Billets of 52100 forged from large 
diameter bars on our 20-ton pneumatic hammer. This 
tremendous reduction results in a dramatic 
improvement in grain size and structure. Fantastic 
reforging stock. Ideal for stock removal! Guaranteed 
analysis. No mystery metal! Surface grinding 
available. Satisfaction guaranteed! For prices, call 
724-752-0742. 



SWEDISH UDDEHOLM A.E.B.L 
.090x8.07 x60", 718-375-9434. 



stainless steel, size 



SHOW CASES 



9988 



SCRIMSHAW 



9975 



CUSTOM SCRIMSHAW by Juan it a Rae Conover. 
Single or full color. Wildlife a specialty. Exceptional 
quality. Call for display pictures and turn around 
information, PO Box 70442, Eugene, Oregon 97401. 
541-747-1726 or 541-543-4851. 

SCRIMSHAW ARTIST Deb Donnelly intricate detail. 
Quality Scrimshaw, reasonably priced, quick turn 
around. See: http://members.tripod.com/ Print2Paint/ 
scrimshaw, html 630-761-9701. 



KNIFE CASES. Wood or glass, walnut, oak, cherry, 
custom and standard sizes. Request 32 page catalog. 
Woodland Cases, 57890 CR29, Goshen, IN 46528. 



STEELS 



9991 



DAMASCUS BILLETS; 1095 & L-6 in various 
combinations, twist or lettered pattern, some w/nickel. 
Now surface ground. $7 square inch, Muller Forge, 
PO Box 35, Pittsburg, MO 65724. 417-852-4306 or 
417-777-5961. 



MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTS 9996 

FOR SALE: Antlers (deer, elk, moose), buckskins, 
tanned furs, etc. Over 10,000 items. Complete 
internet catalog (pictures), http://www.hideandfur.com 

CIGARS AND Premium Quality Custom Pipe 
Tobacco!!! Free Catalog: VSOP Tobacco & Gifts, POB 
1335, Agoura Hills, CA 91376-1335. 

FOR SALE: Huge selection! Antlers (deer, elk, 
moose), claws, skulls, bones, tanned fur, leather, 
buckskin, sinew- 10,000+ items. Moscow Hide and 
Fur, Complete Internet catalog [pictures) http:// 
www.hideandfur.com 

IVORY, SCRIMSHAW, skulls! Legal: Scrimshaw, 
carvings, elephant, walrus, hippo, warthog, mammoth 
ivory, oosik. stellar sea cow rib bone, pearl shell, 
horn, netsuke, Eskimo artifacts, pistol grips, 
scrimshaw supplies, raw ivory for knifemakers & 
artists, old trade beads, etc. Informative, illustrated 
catalog mail- $1. http://www.boonetrading.com or call 
800-423-1945! Boone Trading Company. Box 669 
(BO), Brinnon, WA 98320. 



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A & J Enterprises 55 

A.G. Russell Knives, Inc 18. 30 

Adams. Les 88 

Adams International Knifeworks 92 

Admiral Steal LP. 78 

AECA 90 

American Bladesmith Society B5 

Americana Ltd 84 

Arizona Custom Knives 123 

Arizona Knife Source 97 

Atlanta Cutlery 87 

Automatic Knife Outlet. 84 

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Bay Area Knife Collectors .54 

Beaver Creek Cutlery 88 

Beck's Cutlery & Specialities 92 

Bench Mark Knives ..B7 

Beretta U.S A. Corporation 9 

Biggers, Gary 93 

Bison Blades 95 

Blade Art 38 

Blade Gallery. Com 33 

Blade Show West 112 

Blade-Tech Ind 19 

Blair. Jim 92 

Blanqhard'S Fine Cutlery 92 

Blue Mountain Turquoise 123 

Blue Ridge Knives 36, 94 

Bob Dozier Knives 10Q 

Boker USA 5 

Boye Knives 88 

Burke, Dan 85 

Busse Combat Knife Co. 69 

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C.A.S. Iberia 132 

Camillus Cutlery Co 59 

Cedar Lakes Crafts Center 92 

CFI 37.80 

Chavar Custom Knives 97 

Chris Reeve Knives 54 

Clem & Co 29 

Coast Cutlery Co 79 

Coleman. Keith 96 

Collectibles Insurance Agency 76 

Columbia River 11, 41. 127. 129 

Craig Shelton Custom Knives 90 

Crawford, Pat 91 

Criswell. Rob 59 

Crowder, Robert 39 

Cummings, George 96 

Custom Knife Company 59 



Davidson, Edmund.. 91 

Delta Z Knives 39 

Denton. J 84 

Discount Knives 98 

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Elishewitz Custom Knives 64 

Emerson Knives 27 

Evers, Henry 85 

Excalibur Cutlery & Gifts 90 

F 

Fallkniven , , 38 

Finer Points 95 

Florida Knifemaker's Association ....77 

Fowler, Ed 125 

Franklin Mint 17 

Frost Cutlery 91 

G 

G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co 86 

Gary Levine Fine Knives 67 

Gaston, Ron 93 

Gatco 14, 61 

Gerber Legendary Blades 33 

Gigand Company Ltd 5 

Glendo Corp 97 

Good, D. 91 

Great Western Shows 64 

Grohmann Knives Ltd 30 

Gutmann Cutlery, Inc 3 

H 

Hagen. Doc 89 

Halpern Titanium 99 

Hanson, Don ., 93 

Harper Manufacturing 86 

Hockensmith, Dan 95 

Hogstrom. Anders 96 

Horsehead Creek Knives 95 

J 

Jantz Supply 63 

Johnson, Ruftin 87 

Johnson II, Raymond 89 

Joy Enterprises.... 23 

JTD Knives 97 

Just Knives 100 

K 

Ka-Bar Knives 40 

Kantas Products Co. Ltd 8. 78, 79 

Kencrest/Hara 89 

Kershaw Knives 7, 43, 52 

Klotzli, Burgdorf 43, 84 



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Knife & Gun Finishing Supplies 60 

Knife Art.com 98 

Knife Center of The Internet 85 

Knife Outlet 100 

Knife Professional 94 

Knifecastle.com 29. 43 

Knifetorums.com 23 

Knives Plus ....67 

Koval Knives & Supplies 96 

Kris Cutlery 95 

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Lansky Sharpeners 40 

Lay's Custom Knives 95 

LMS Stamping Co 94 

Lohman Company..,,,...,....., 86 

Lone Star Wholesale 89 

Lynn Griffith Custom Knives 123 

M 

Magnum USA 97 

Mantis. Inc 71 

Martjle Arms Corp 123 

Marzitelli Custom Knives 91 

Masecraft Supply 86 

Matthews Cutlery 88 

Maxwell, Don 93 

McConnell. Loyd 90 

Meyerco 25 

Midwest Gun Exchange 49 

Mission Knives & Tools 60 

Moteng International Inc 28, 34 

Mother of Pearl Company 57 

Muir & McDonald 56 

N 

Natl Knife Collectors Assoc 100 

NC Tool Company 9B 

Nealy, Bud 97 

Newsletter 86 

Nordic Knives 127 

Norm Beckett Knives 95 

o 

Old World Publishing Ltd 52 

Oregon Custom Knives 71 

OSO Grande Knife STool 67 

P 

Paragon Industries 85 

Paragon Sporting Goods Co. 76 

Perkins, Sean 97 

Plaza Cutlery 92 

Pro Shot Products 85 

Pullen, Martin 96 



Randall Made Knives 84 

Razor Edge System Inc 35 

Reba's Enterprises 87 

Red Hill Corporation 90 

Reddick Enterprises 88 

RFG Distributing 67 

Riverside Cutlery Co 89 

Riverside Machine 93 

Round Eye Knife & Tool 93 

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Santa Fe Stoneworks 54 

Sawby, Scott 86 

Sentry Solutions Ltd 47 

Seto Cutlery 83 

Sharp Eagle 26 

Sheffield Knifemakers Supply 85 

Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Smith, Charlie 93 

Smith Abrasives, Inc 47 

Smithy 90 

SOG Specialty Knives Inc 45 

Southeastern Custom Knife Show. .87 

Spyderco 41 

Sziiaski. Joseph 99 

T 

Taymo Knives 87 

Texas Knifemakers Supply. 45 

Thorindog Forge 89 

Tim O'Brien Digital Photography 94 

Titanium Distribution Service 77 

Tom Johanning Custom Knives 56 

TOPS 94, 96 

Tru-Grit 83 

Tru-Hole Corporation 91 

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Ultra Speed Products 94 

Uniled Cutlery 15.31,53 

V 

Vagnino, Michael 96 

Voyles. J. Bruce 73, 97 

w 

W Faganfi Co 96 

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co 131 

Webb & Fisher Inc 88 

White Lightning 20 

William Henry Knives 19 

Winners Circle 97 

Wuu Jau Co., Inc 73 

1stopknifeshop.com 126 



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The author thanks BLADE® and BLADE readers for a 
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Twelve years ago — still, 
it seems like only yesterday — I 
received a call from Steve Shackle- 
ford, then managing editor of BLA DE®. 
Steve stated that Bruce Voyles, then the 
magazine's publisher and editor, had read 
one of my brochures and felt that, "I had 
something to say, and would I be inter- 
ested in writing for BLADE?" 

It took awhile for what he said to soak 
in, and 1 felt both honored and apprehen- 
sive. Honored, as I had read every issue of 
BLADE and knew that it was the premier 
focal point of the knife industry. To be 
asked to write about knives for BLADE 
was a dream come true. As for being 
apprehensive, I believed that I had a lot to 
say about knives but knew beyond a 
doubt that what I had to say was diametri- 
cally opposed to much of the information 
that had been written up to that time by 
some very prestigious "authorities" in the 
world of knives. Also prominent in my 
thoughts was the fact that I cannot spell 



and am pretty poor when it comes to text- 
book English, 

I voiced my concerns and Steve told 
me that he could attend to proper 
spellings and so on, and suggested that I 
should simply give it a try and submit an 
article to him. We decided on the general 
nature of the article and I went to work. 
My first story was written on my vintage 
1956 electric typewriter, and cut and paste 
were accomplished with a pair of scissors, 
Scotch tape™ and the photocopier at the 
local drug store. Several hundred hours 
later and my first knife article, "Can Your 
Knife Cut It?" was in the mail. The article 
came out in the August 1988 BLADE 
and, rather than the hostility I expected, 
was well received. 

Since that time, I either have devel- 
oped or have participated in the develop- 
ment of many articles, a book and a video 
about knives, and the people who love 
and use them. BLADE always has been 
blessed with the cream-of-the-crop of 
friendly, professional magazine 
folks to assist the new knife- 
maker or writer in achiev- 
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have a long waiting list for my knives and 
have sold many books and videos. Most 
importantly, I have been able to share my 
thoughts on the nature of a truly high- 
performance blade with many more 
people than I ever thought possible. 
BLADE'S subscriber and newsstand base 
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many friends of the knife. I consider my 
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thoughts of all men who have shared time 
with knives, whatever their nature, from 
the first man to use a knife to those of 
tomorrow. All too many personal 
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shared openly, thoughts that we, as knife 
enthusiasts, all know but somehow feel 
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BLADE has afforded me the opportunity 
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issues which, while there may be no abso- 
lutely right or wrong side, should be 
addressed in order for the knife industry 
to remain healthy. 

One thing I never have been able to 
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like the first shot fired at Fort Sumpter. 
The most significant aspect of my writing 
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convey. 

I would like to personally thank all of 
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tion, the thoughts become complete. You, 
the reader, are the most signifi- 
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JULY 



July 7-9 Springfield, MO NKCA Spring- 
field Knife Show. Contact NKCA Busi- 
ness Office (800) 548-3907.* 

July 8-9 Dover, OH 12th Annual West- 
ern Reserve Cutlery Association Invita- 
tional Knife Expo, Contact WRCA, 
POB 355. Dept. BL9. Dover. OH 44622 
rmacmac@aol.com.* 

July 21-23 New Orleans, LA 31st Annual 
Knifemakers' Guild Show. Contact The 
Knifemakers' Guild (352) 528-6124.* 

July 28-30 Missoula, MT 5th Annual 
Montana Knifemaker's Association 
Knife Show. Contact Darlene Weinand, 
Depl. BL9, 14440 Harpers Bridge, 
Missoula. MT 59808 (406) 543-0845.* 



AUGUST 



Aug. 4-6 Austin, TX Central Texas Knife 
Show. Contact Chris Carlson. Dept. BL9. 
108 Johnson Cove, Hutto, TX 78634 
(512) 759-51 1 1 ccncknives@aol.com.* 

Aug. 5-6 Bayfield, Ontario, Canada 

Bayfield Canadian National Art Knife 
Show. Contact Wolfgang or Dianne 
Loerchner, Dept. BL9. POB 255, 
Bayfield, Ontario. Canada NOM IGO 
(519)565-2196.* 

Aug. 11-13 Lexington, KY 2000 Central 
Kentucky Knife Club Show. Contact 
G.T. Williams (502) 863-4919.* 

Aug. 18-20 Denver, CO Professional 
Knifemakers 8th Annual Denver 
Custom Knife Show. Contact Jim Magcc 
(785) 820-8535 or (785) 825-6892 
www.proknifemakers.com.* 



SEPTEMBER 



Sept. 2-3 Kaneohe, HI Hawaii Historic 
Arms Gun & Custom Knife Show. 
Contact A I Bardi phone & fax (808) 941- 
8010. 

Sept. 8-10 Costa Mesa, CA BLADE 
Show West, site of the 2000 BLADE- 
handmade™ Awards and much more. 
Contact BLADE Magazine®. Dept. 
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Symposium. Contact Tommy McNabb 
(336) 759-0640 tommy@mcnabb.com.* 

Sept. 8-10 Oak Lawn, IL 21st Annual 
AECA Knife Show. Contact Louis Jami- 
son (708) 474-4000 ljamison@interac- 
cess.com.* 

Sept. 9 Lebanon, MO Case Celebration 
in the Ozarks. Contact Shepherd Hills 
Cutlery, attn: R. Reid, Depl. BL9. POB 
909, Lebanon, MO 65536-0909 (800) 727- 
4643.* 

Sept. 9-10 Washington, PA Allegheny 
Mtn. Knife Collectors Show. Call Don 
States (724) 479-3394 or Ruth Trout 
(724)925-2713.* 

Sept. 9-10 Winston-Salem, NC South- 
eastern Custom Knife Show. Contact 
Tommy McNabb (336) 759-0640 
tommy@mcnabb.com..* 

Sept. 15-17 Louisville, KY NKCA Louis- 
ville Fall Knife Show. Contact NKCA 
Business Office (800) 548-3907.* 

Sept. 23-24 San Francisco, CA Bay Area 
Knife Collectors Association Show. 
Contact George Faulkner, Dept. BL9, 
912 Rich Ave. #2, Mt. View. CA 94040- 
2473 (650) 967-5177 

george.faulknor@gte.net.* 

Sept. 28-30 Mesquite, TX Spirit of Steel 
Show. Contact J. Bruce Voyles, Dept. 
BL9, POB 22007, Chattanooga, TN 
37422 (423) 894-8319 bruce@jbruce- 
voyles.com.* 



OCTOBER 



Oct, 7 Tampa, FL Florida Knifemakers 
Association 3rd Annual Show. Contact 
Roger Gamble (727) 384-1470 rlgam- 
ble@aol.com.* 

Oct. 13-14 Edgerton, WI Northern Lakes 
Knife Co. Annual Fall Knife Show. 
Contact Bob Schrap, Dept. BL9, 7024 
West Wells, Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 
771-6472 fax (414) 479-9765 or e-mail 
rschrap@aol.com.* 

Oct. 21-22 Tulsa, OK Wanenmacher's 
Tulsa Gun And Knife Show, Contact 
Pearl Craft (918) 492-0401. 



Oct. 27-29 Covington, KY NKCA 
Greater Cincinnati Fall Knife Show. 
Contact NKCA Business Office (800) 
548-3907.* 

Oct. 27-29 Pomona, CA Great Western 
Show. Contact Chad Seger (949) 261- 
5700. 

Oct. 28-29 McKinney, TX North Texas 
Knife Show. Contact Darrell Lewis (972) 
562-5466 www.tmtd.com.* 



NOVEMBER 



Nov. 4-5 Mt. Vernon, IL Ml. Vernon 
Knife Show. Contact Nancy or Larry 
Hancock, Dept. BL9, 12193 E. Turner. 
Mt. Vernon. IL 62864 (618) 242-4514.= 

Nov. 4-S Frankfurt, GERMANY 

German Knife Show, Contact Harvey 
Silk. Dept. BL9. Postfach 1166, 64343 
Griesheim, Germany 49 6155-2231 fax 49 
6155-2433.* 

Nov. 11 Franklin, TN 5th Annual 
Williamson County Knife Show. Call 
Gary Capaldi (615) 791-8601.* 

Nov. 25-26 Teniecula, CA California 
Knifemakers Association Show. Contact 
Jim Ferguson (909) 302-0267 or Barry 
Posner (818) 752-8005.* 



DECEMBER 



Dec. 1-3 Pigeon Forge, TN Greatest 
Knife Show On Earth #20. Contact Park- 
ers' Knife Collector Service, altn: E. 
Henley, Dept. BL9, POB 23522. Chalta- 
nooga. TN 37422 (423) 892-0448.* 

Dec. 10 Tinionium, MD Chesapeake 
Knife Show. Contact Ted Merchant 
(410)343-0380.* 



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"I was interested in knives and got into blacksmithing for a 
living, which included forging knife blades," Dean Piesner 
explains. "The skill to forge excellent blades requires a great 
deal of practice, so I shelved the project until eight years of 
professional smithing. Later, when I remembered my love of 
knives, lo and behold, I had the skills to do it!" Piesner uses 
5160 for big blades, L-6 and his own damascus. "The making of 
damascus is an opportunity to design steel to suit the blade," 

he notes. The dagger (left) 
sports a 120-layer, star-pattern- 
damascus blade, a nickel-silver 
guard and a damascus buttcap. 
Piesner's list price: $575. His 
address: Dept. BL9, 30 King St., 
St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada 
NOB 2N0 (519) 664-3622. 
(Weyer photo) 




(k£& 'Potftfatete* 




Owner of an automotive machine 
shop, John Poythress says when- 
ever he has a few hours off, he is 
in his backyard creating his next 
"masterpiece." A member of the 
North Carolina Custom Knife- 
makers Guild, Poythress began 
making knives 18 years ago. "As a 
young boy, I loved knives, starting my first collec- 
tion with money I earned working weekends at my 
uncle's feed and seed store," he remembers. "After 
seeing 'How to Make a Knife,' featuring Jim Small 
on Georgia Public Television, I believed I could 
make a knife. Until then, my idea of a handmade 
knife was a blade from a saw and a crudely shaped 
wood handle." The dagger (right) has a mother-of- 
pearl and blue-green-paua handle and a 440C blade. 
Poythress' list price: $550. His address: Dept. BL9, 
625 Freedom St., Swainsboro, GA 30401 (912) 237- 
9478. (Hoffman photo) 

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It is difficult to imagine a 
12-year-old Shane 

Taylor using a coal 
forge, a hammer and an 
anvil to make a working 
knife for use on the 
family ranch, but that is 
just how the knifemaker 
got his start. "At age 23, 
I experimented with 
damascus, and I've been 
hooked ever since," he 
relates. "My current 

passion is mosaic damascus because it offers almost 
limitless opportunities for artistic creativity." The 
locking-liner folder (above) showcases a floral- 
pattern damascus hlade and bolsters, a citrine 
thumb stud and a tiger-coral handle, Taylor's fold- 
ers start at $1,000 and go up from there. His address: Dept. BL9, 18 Broken 
Bow Ln., Miles City, MT 59301 (406) 232-7175. (Gallagher photo) 




SEPTEMBER 2000 




"I've been a dentist in 
private practice since 1962, 
and working with my hands 
and concentrating on detail 
has been a way of life. 
Utilizing many of the same 
skills, knifemaking offers 
me the ultimate in creative 
expression," Doc Hagen 
details. Folders have 
become a specialty of the 
Knifemakers' Guild member. 
However, he enjoys making all 
types of knives, including those 
that suit the particular needs of 
his customers. "I generally use 
440C and Udeholm UHB stain- 
lesses," he notes, "the latter of 
which have greater hardness while 
maintaining flexibility, edge holding and good finishing char- 
acteristics." The locking-liner folder (above) has a 3 3/4-inch 
Udeholm blade, a titanium handle, belt clip and thong hole, 
Hagen's list price: $425. His address: Dept. BL9, POB 58, 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 (218) 863-8503, (Weyer photo) 



T>.*W. gfateUevi 




A founding member of the South Carolina Association of Knife- 
makers, D.W, Childress has been making knives since the late 1970s. 
"Due to personal reasons, I stopped making knives for a time, but I 
continued to stay in touch with other makers, and in 1997, Claude 
Montjoy helped me get started again," he remarks. "Knifemaking 
allows me to make something useful and beautiful." 
Childress crafts fixed blades and locking-liner fold- 
ers in ATS-34 and D-2 blade steels. The folder 
(below) begins with a stainless-damascus blade, 
moves into damascus bolsters 
and titanium liners, and ends 
in a mastodon -ivory handle. 
Childress' list price: $375. His 
address: Dept. BL9, 2052 
Milam Rd„ Clinton, SC 29325 
(864) 833-7442. (Hoffman 
photo) 





It all started one weekend in 1991," Richard Hunter 
says. "A friend talked me into going to a Florida Artist 
Blacksmith Association meeting where a knifemaker was 
demonstrating the forging of a blade, and I was hooked 
on knifemaking right then." Hunter credits many fine 
knifemakers for sharing their knowledge with him and giving him valuable crit- 
icism, especially Al Pendray and Steve Schwarzer, "I love the challenge of 
creating a tough, functional knife that feels good in the hand," he says. "Beauty 
is not enough. A knife must have a light feel, almost a personality of its own." 
The bowie and hunter (above) both feature 1084 blades, nickel silver guards, 
and elk antler and sambar stag handles. The maker's list prices are $450 for the 
bowie (top) and $350 for the hunter. His address: Dept. BL9, 7230 N.W, 200 
Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615 (phone n/a), (PointSeven photo) 



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Shopping Center #109, 107 Edinburgh South, Cary, NC 27511 
(919) 460-0203; Blanchard's Cutlery, attn: P. Bianchard, Dept. 
BL9, 3507 South Maryland Parkway, Ste. E, Las Vegas, NV 
89109 (702) 733-8333; Country Knives, attn: B, Huegel, Dept. 
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EVERYDAY USING KNIVES 

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ville, AL 36265 (256) 435-2227; Blade-Tech, attn: T. Wegner, 
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4347; Hen & Roaster, c/o Frost Cutlery, attn: J. Daniel, Dept. 
BL9, POB 21353, Chattanooga, TN 37421 (423) 894-6079; Joy 
Enterprises (for the nearest retail store carrying the L'il Bit, 
call Joy at [800] 500-3879); Kershaw Knives, attn: D. Flagg, 
Dept. BL9, 25300 SW Parkway, Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 
682-1966; Lile Handmade Knives, attn: J. Weir, Dept. BL9, 
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Camp Branch, Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-4158; Chris 
Reeve Knives, attn: C. Reeve, Dept. BL9, 1 1624 W. President 
Dr. #B, Boise, ID 83713 (208) 375-0367; Meyerco, attn: B. 
Meyer, Dept. BL9, 4481 Exchange Service Dr., Dallas, TX 
75236 (214) 467-8949; Spyderco, attn: J. Laituri, Dept. BL9, 
POB 800, Golden, CO 80402 (303) 279-8383 

Ti FLIES 

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Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 (503) 655-6004; 
Buck Knives, attn: S. Hull, Dept. BL9, POB 1267, El Cajon, 
CA 92020 (800) 326-2825; Kit Carson, Dept. BL9, 1076 
Brizendine Ln., Vine Grove, KY 40175 (270) 877-6300; 
Halpern Titanium, attn; L. Halpern, Dept. BL9, POB 214, 
Three Rivers, MA 01080 (413) 283-8627; John Kubasek, 
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(413) 527-7917; Mission Knives & Tools, attn: R. Schultz, 
Dept. BL9, 13805 Alton Pkwy., Ste. D, Irvine, CA 92618 
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m By MSG Kim Breed 
5th Special Forces (ret.) 



Maxing Out The Magna 

Carson/Outdoor Edge ultra-performance collaboration goes the 
distance— even through "the pyramid test" 



Take one of the top knifemakers — Kit 
Carson — combine him with a hard- 
working knife company — Outdoor 
Edge — and you get the Magna, a heavy- 
duty, ultra-performance locking liner at a 
price practically everyone can afford. 

Carson is retired Army and has been 
making knives since 1972, though he did 
not officially go full time until he left the 
military in 1993. He specializes in heavy- 
duty combat/utility knives. His Model No. 
4 is the workhorse of his handmade line 
and is the model that Outdoor Edge — via 
its new Edge Tech division — used as the 
basis for the Magna design. The Model 
No. 4 has proved itself in both the military 
and civilian sectors in strength and dura- 





According to the author, the Magna can handle tight-to-medium 
chopping with no problem. He said that with the full-size handle 
and Its good balance, you can expect 1/2-tc~1-lnch bites Into 
your chopping medium — exceptional for a locking liner. 



To test the knife's overall toughness of construction, the author 
put the Magna through what he calls "the pyramid test" — span- 
ning the knife between two rocks and using the piece to support 
his 190-pound frame. According to the author, the knife passed 
with flying colors. NOTE; This test can be dangerous to the 
tester and destructive to the knife and is not recommended. 




bility. Outdoor Edge has 
reproduced one of the 
top locking liners in the 
industry with an eerie 
exactness. 

Now's time for the 
fun part — let's work with 
the Magna! 

Serrations Convert? 

The 4-inch blade of the 
Magna model MZ-10S has a 
half-serrated edge, so I used 
both the plain and serrated 
portions. The 2 inches of plain 
edge made 40 cuts through half- 
inch manila rope, which is great 
considering I only 
had 2 inches of 
plain edge with 
which to work. The 
large frame and 
weight aided a lot. 
Next, I moved on to 
the blade's 2 inches of 
serrations. 

Now, if you read 
this space frequently, 
you probably know 
that 1 am anti-serra- 
tions to the max. 
However, during 
cutting, the Magna's 
reverse serrations 
stopped all the grab- 
bing and tearing asso- 
ciated with standard 
two-step serrations. 
As a matter of fact, 
the Magna serrations 
are by far the most 
aggressive cutting 
serrations on the 
market today. They 
are good enough for 
me to actually own a 
knife with them and 
use it. Did they 
change my mind 
about serrations? No! 
I still do not like them 



but, if you must, use the best. Anyway, 
they sliced through 150 cuts of 3/4-inch 
manila easily, with no grabbing. Next 
came four-wall cardboard, of which the 
serrations devoured 200 6-inch pieces — 
again without tearing or grabbing. Nice, 
clean cuts. 

Since the Magna fits in the heavy-duty 
class, it can handle all normal cutting 
chores and then some. Most using 
knives are around 4-to-6 inches 
long closed. Such pieces handle 
95 percent of all tasks with the 
■/^ exception of large chopping 
"^8-, chores. The Magna can 
perform light-to-medium 
chopping with no diffi- 
culty. With the folder's 
full-size grip and 
good balance, you 
can expect 1/2-to- 
1-inch bites into 
your chopping 
medium. This is 
exceptional for 
a locking liner. 
l Carson's 
^ years of tesl- 
ng made 
the design 
a top 




Based on Kit 
Carson's Model 
No. 4 handmade 
folder, the 
Outdoor Edge 
Magna MZ-10S 
features a half- 
serrated edge on a 
hollow-ground blade 
of AUS-8A and a 
ZyfeHS) handle. The 
Magna also comes in a 
plain edge version (MZ- 
10) and both edge 
versions with a cold-forged 
aluminum handle (MA-10 
and MA-10S). 



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performer. Another thing thai makes the 
Magna a pleasure to work with is that, 
even during hard use. the handle exhib- 
ited no sharp edges or hot spots. 

The last piece of strength testing I 
performed was the same as I did with 
Carson's handmade Model No. 4 in an 
earlier "Spec Sheet." I built a pyramid 
using two cinder blocks, two pieces of 
leather, a Magna and myself. You might 
ask, "What docs it prove if a knife can 
support your weight without breaking?" 
My answer: It proves that the knife has 
outstanding overall construction, is 
extremely heavy duty, and you can count 
on it not to fail when the going gels 
tough. Besides, it is fun to do. (Author's 
note: The pyramid test can be dangerous 
to the person conducting the test, destruc- 
tive to the knife and is not recom- 
mended.) 

Built tn Last 

A Zytel® handle promotes the knife's 
light weight white still maintaining 
strength. (The Magna also comes with a 
cold-forged aluminum grip — the plain- 
edge MA-lOand the half-serrated MA- 
IDS.) AUS-8A stainless steel for the 
blade is a good all-around choice. The 
grip notches in the blade offer great 
control and are not sharp enough to rip 
holes in your fingers. Double-sided 
thumb-bobs make opening the blade a 
snap, whether right- or left-handed. 

Bottom Line 

I am very impressed with Outdoor Edge 
and its handling of the Magna. The 
company's attention to detail enables 
Outdoor Edge to offer a factory knife 
that pleases this writer. It is a 
factory/custom collaboration that is a 
must to own. 

For more information contact Outdoor 
Edge/Edge Tech, attn: D. Block, 6395 
Gunpark Dr., Unit Q, Dept BL9, Boul- 
der. CO 80301 (880) 447-3343 or (303) 
530-7667 web site: www.omdooredge.com. 

Blade 



SPEC CHART 



Knife Magna MZ-IOS 
Pattern Combat/utility folder 
Company Outdoor Edge 
Designer Kit Carson 
Blade Length 4" 
Steel AUS-8A stainless 
Rockwell Hardness 58-60 RC 
Grind Hollow 
Mechanism Locking liner 
Liners 420-J2 stainless 
Handle Nylon/glass-filled Zytel® 
Suggested Retail $58.50 



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What to Look for in an 
Everyday Using Blade 




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SEPTEMBER 2000 



Performance, size, comfort— 

these and other utilitarian traits all factor in 



By Roger Combs 



As a blade enthusiast, you no 
doubt have one. two or three 
knives you carry and use every- 
day. You use them to cut string, open 
envelopes or packages, strip wire, slice 
food for snacks, prune roses and 
tighten the screws on the bike. 

However, if you are like me, there 
arc times that you may tend to take the 
"everyday knife" for granted. It is 
a! ways there, always ready to use — -the 
way it should be. You carry it in a boot 
or purse, on a belt, or clipped into your 
Levis pocket. It is the knife you reach 



"It is always there, 
always ready to use — 
the way it should be." 

— the author 



for whenever you need to cut some- 
thing. 

Most likely your everyday knife is a 
folder, though not always. If your daily 
activities are in hunting camp, on the 
farm or ranch, in the nursery or 
orchard, a lightweight fixed blade is the 
most practical. 

No doubt, there are those among 
you who carry a $600 handmade knife 
and use it everyday. Most of you, 
though, would not want to risk losing 
or damaging such an expensive piece. 
Hence, the everyday knife is not the 
most expensive knife on the block, 
though there is much to be said for 
buying the best quality you can afford. 
Today, the upper-dollar limit for an 
everyday knife is about $150. Obvi- 
ously, there are exceptions. 

There also is the legality factor to 
consider. In some states, counties, 
cities or other jurisdictions, knives with 
blades longer than a stated length are 
illegal to possess or carry. In some 
places, long sheath knives may be toted 
in plain view but not concealed. In 

For the past 16 or 1 7 years, the author 
has carried a Stainless Gent folder by the 
late Jimmy Lite. Lite Handmade Knives 
carries on today and still carries the 
model (left) with a 2-inch D-2 steel blade 
and stainless steel handle. It is thin, 
slightly more than r 78-inch thick, and so 
makes no bulge in a pants pocket. 
Suggested retail: $125. 




The Kershaw Liner Action Tanto Model 2420TST features a removable pocket clip for 
those who prefer to carry a knife in the bottom of a pocket or for occasions when clips 
are unwarranted. The partially serrated, 3 5/8-inch blade is AUS-6A stainless steel that 
operates on a locking-liner mechanism. Suggested retail: $64.95. 



areas where plenty of hunters are a 
common sight, even the longest, 
baddest-looking sheath knife will get 
only an admiring glance from other 
hunters or even law enforcement 
personnel. In other parts of the country 
or the world, carrying any knife with a 
blade of, say, more than 3 inches can 
get you arrested. You must know in 
advance what is legal and what is not in 
your area. 



Many of you are familiar with the 
problem of traveling by air and getting 
knives through airport security. In 
some places, even the smallest, most 
innocent pocketknife will set off 
alarms. The knife may be confiscated 
or you may be forced to put it in a 
container and check the container 
through one airport, but not the next. 
Usually, Hying out of stales with plenty 
of non-resident hunters, such as 



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Lay a frap tor the Mouse, made by Spyderco for Blade-Tech. Tim Wegner designed the tiny folder, which has a VG-10 stainless steel 
blade 1.875 inches long. The pocket clip attaches to either side of the handle for left- or right-hand carry. The grip comes in anodized 
aluminum or black Micarta®. Wegner says another option may be a checkered G-10. Suggested retail: $89.95. 



Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, 
Alaska and other popular locales, large 
folders or sheath knives in your 
baggage will not gel a second glance. 
But in most large city airports, you had 
belter put all your knives in your 
checked baggage. If you happen to be 
on a hunting trip to another state or 
country, put your knives in the case 
with your firearms. Your chances of 
finding your cutting tools at hunting 
camp will improve if the knives arc 
secured well. 

The standard method of carry for 
an everyday knife — a traditional pock- 
elknife — is in your pocket or purse. 

118 /BLADE 



Generations of knife users around the 
world have carried such a knife. In 
recent years, there have been some 
changes in this tradition. For airplane 
travel, a pocketknil'e that is too big. has 
a lock-open blade, a blade with a 
serrated edge, or one that looks "too 
aggressive" comes under suspicion at 
the security checkpoint. And forgetting 
about that pocket-clip folder in your 
trousers may cause a panic in the 
airport or courthouse. 

A small locking or non-locking 
folder should not be a problem in 99 
percent of the places you travel. There 
are several models designed for just 



such a purpose. 

Everyday for Anybody 

Knives with pocket clips are appearing 
in epidemic proportions and. thanks to 
their convenience, with good reason. 
Such pieces are offered by almost every 
knife company and many arc medium- 
to-large models. For a change of pace. 
Tim Wegner of Blade-Tech has 
designed a smaller pocket-clip knife he 
calls the Mouse. Most real mice are 
smaller than the knife! A hunter. 
Wegner designed the piece and 
Spyderco makes it. It has a VG-IO 
stainless steel blade 1.875 inches long. 

SEPTEMBER 2000 




For a traditional pocketknife with several blades tor a variety of tasks, few offer higher quality than Hen & Rooster. Made in Solingen, 
Germany, and imported by Frost Cutlery, the Model 224-DS/DH deer hunter congress offers four blades — two sheepfoot patterns, a pen 
and spear — in a rich stag handle with the classic Hen & Rooster shield. Suggested retail: $173.33. 



The blade has the familiar Spyderco 
round hole for ambidextrous opening, 
and the pocket clip attaches to either 
side of the handle for left- or right- 
hand carry. The grip comes in anodized 
aluminum or black Micarta®. Wegner 
says another option may be a check- 
ered G-IO. Suggested retail: $89.95. 



"It is the knife you 
reach for whenever 
you need to cut some- 
thing." 

— the author 



The Li'l Bit from Joy Enterprises is 
a small keychain knife complete with a 
keychain. The knife hits a stainless steel 
blade and is about 3 1/2 inches closed. 
The blade operates on a locking-liner 
mechanism. The handle is a dull- 
finished anodized aluminum and the 
knife weighs almost nothing, yel is 
ready to use anytime you have your 
keys with you. The suggested retail 
price for the LCI Bit is a practically 
infinitesimal $8.95. 

OK. so you need something a bit 
larger for your everyday cutting chores. 
The Kershaw Liner Action Tamo 
Model 2420TST has a partially serrated 
tanto blade 3 5/8 inches long 
constructed of AUS-6A stainless steel 



with a locking-liner mechanism. The 
ergonomically designed handle is made 
of cast aluminum with non-slip co-poly- 
mer handle inserts. The stainless steel 
pocket clip is removable for those who 
prefer to carry a knife in the bottom of 
a pocket. As it opens or closes, the 
blade action has a satisfying pause al 90 
degrees. Suggested retail: $64.95. 

If you are into traditional pocket- 
knives, few offer higher quality than 
Hen & Rooster. Made in Solingen, 
Germany, and imported by Frost 
Cutlery, the Model 224-DS/DH deer 
hunter congress offers four blades — 
two sheepfoot. a pen and spear — in a 
rich stag handle with the classic Hen & 
Rooster shield. Su«£ested retail: 
$173.33. 

For one of the few lines of damas- 
cus factory knives being made today, 
check out the offerings from Bear 
MGC. The company makes a selection 
of pocketknives in stag and pearl 
handles in closed lengths of anywhere 
from 2 1/2 to 5 inches, all with distinc- 
tive damascus blades in a variety of 
patterns. Suggested retails range from 
$89 to $157.50. Any would make a fine 
everyday carry knife. 

For the past 16 or 17 years, this 
writer has carried a Stainless Gent 
folder by the late Jimmy Li!e. The good 
news is that, though Jimmy died in 
1991. the company lives on and Lile 
knives are still being made in Arkan- 
sas. The Stainless Gent features a 2- 
inch D-2 steel blade. The typical Lile 



handle shape (not unlike an old-fash- 
ioned canoe) is made of stainless steel. 



"For one of the few 

lines of damascus 

factory knives being 

made today, check out 

the offerings from 

Bear MGC." 

— the author 



This little knife is ideal for everyday 
carry. It is thin, slightly more than 
1/8-inch thick, so it makes no bulge in 
my Levis. It will not panic any airport 
security people — or at least it has not 
in my travels — and needs only occa- 
sional sharpening to keep it ready for 
action. I have cleaned out the blade 
channel from time to time, but have 
given the Genl no other care except 
sharpening. I use it dozens of times a 
day and remember fondly the genuine 
gentleman Jimmy Lile was whenever I 
use the knife. The Stainless Gent is 
well named and still available at a retail 
price of $125. 

For contact information for the knives 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em" 
on page I IS. Blade 



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Photos by Jim Weyer 



The Uncommon 
Denominator 



(Left) Random-pattern and nickel-twist 
damascus patterns converge on a Joe 
Provenzano locking-liner folder with 
titanium liners, a titanium thumb 
peg with a tiger-eye inset, and a 
titan ium spacer bar inlaid with 
gold-lip pearl. His address: 3024 
l Ivy PI., Dept. BL9, Chalmette. 
. LA 70043(504)279-3154. 



(Right) 
Deryk 
Munroe's 
"Power Play" 
model brings 
forth a Oevin \ 

Thomas "Spiro- \ 

graph-pattern" damas- V 
cus blade, a 
mother-of-pearl, black- 
lip -pearl and damascus 
handle, and a paua- 
inlaid thumb stud. 
Deryk's address: FOB 
3454, Dept. BL9. Bozeman, MT 
59772 (406) 585-2279. 



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Few materials tie so 
many sectors of the 
handmade industry 
together as well as 
damascus. It unifies stock- 
removal and forging; the 
pattern-welded steel itself and 
today's ever-present piece, the folder; 
and makers and damascus suppliers. 
There are no doubt other examples 
where damascus plays the 
"uncommon denominator" as well. 









(Above) Even stockman- 
pattern folders are showing up 
in damascus, this one by 
Derek Fraley in a Devin 
Thomas damascus blade and 
a jig-bone handle. Derek's 
address: 1355 Fairbanks CL, 
Dept. BL9, Dixon, CA 95620 
(707) 678-0393. 



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SEPTEMBER 2000 



(Right) Art Washburn s folder with a 
locking liner combines a mother-of- 
pearl handle with a mokume bolster and 
a Devin Thomas "vines-and-roses" 
damascus blade. The back strap is also 
daniascus, and the liners, titanium. Art's 
address: POB 625, Dept. BL9, Pioche. 
NV 89043 (775) 962-5463. 






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(Right) Ralph Freer s Model 5 Claw 
incorporates a rose-pattern damascus 
blade by Devin Thomas, mosaic 
bolsters by Gerome Weinand, 
anodized-titanium liners, and ^ 
a stag handle. Ralph 's 
address: 114 12th St.. 
Dept. BL9. Seal Beach, 
CA 90740 (562) 493- 
4925. 



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(Right) Here's an Aaron Frederick folder 
with damascus by John Smith, a mother* 
of'pearl handle, titanium liners and a 
14k-gold thumb stud and screws. 
Aaron's address: 1213 Liberty ^*' 
Rd„ Dept. BL9, West f s 

Liberty, KY 41472 (606) JiSS , \ 

743-3399. <\ ^ 



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(Above) George Gibo dressed up a 
locking-liner folder with an engraved 
titanium bolster by Jim Sornberger, a 
mammoth-ivory handle and a Devin 
Thomas damascus blade. George s 
address: POB 4304, Dept. BL9. Hilo, 
HI 96720 (808) 959-9944. 



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BLADE 




M By Wayne Goddard 
BLADE® field editor 



All About Belt Grinders 

Part VI: Big Red, the Multi-Purpose Belt Grinder 



y foremost complaint about 
1 commercial grinders is that 
'they are not designed to be 
versatile. Aside from the possible dollar 
savings, the main advantage of home- 





When finished, "Big Red" will be capable 
of handling three belt sizes. The normal 
set-up will be for 2x72. A set-up of 1x42 
will be used with small diameter wheels 
for detail work. A set-up of 2x48 will be 
available to expend a large number of 
roughing belts that the author bought at 
a very low price. 

122 /BLADE 



made belt grinders is that they can be 
customized to suit individual needs. 

"Big Red" came out of my need for a 
multi-purpose machine to take to 
demonstrations where a grinder was not 
available. I chose the double-ended 
grinder for a power supply so that I 
would have the option of setting up the 
second end with a variety of operations. 
Possible applications would be as a hard- 
wheel grinder or abrasive cut-off 
machine. Another time it might be used 
as a disc or drum sander. "Red's" power 
supply easily is 3600 RPM. and that is a 
little loo fast for my preference in a 
buffer. (The faster a buff turns, the more 
danger there is that it will catch and 
throw a blade.) However, after a good 
cleaning to free the machine of loose 
grinding grit, there is no reason not to 
use it as a buffer with a 6-inch or smaller 
wheel. 

Big Red also was designed to be 
easily adaptable to use more than one 
size of belt. When finished, "he" will be 
capable of handling three belt sizes. The 
normal set-up will be for 2x72. A set-up 
of 1x42 will be used with small diameter 
wheels for detail work. A set-up of 2x48 
will be available to expend a large 
number of roughing bells that 1 bought 
at a very low price. 



H\ lowering Ihe position of the lop 
idler and swinging oui l he ctttjttsio-arw. 
any size contact wheel can be mounted 
out front. (Note the extra holes in the 
upright support to allow lowering of the 
tracking wheel in Drawing #3.) The 
adjusto-arm and its mounting bracket 
are made of Micarta®. The range of 
adjustment will allow any diameter of 
wheel to run out front. Holders for the 
other types of contact wheels are fabri- 
cated easily and will be shown in the next 
installment of "All About Belt Grind- 
ers." 

The machine is illustrated herein 
without the platen and square tables so 
that the simplicity of the design can be 
seen. The channel-steel frame is bolted 
to the holes where the guard is mounted. 
The extension and tracker-arm are made 
of maple. Note the holes in the frame to 
allow the adapters for the different-sized 
belts and the platen/square table assem- 
bly. 

The Baldor® Grinder motor runs at 
3600 RPM. The 4.75-inch drive wheel 
will turn the belt at a rale of 4710 SFM 
(surface feel per minute). That is a good 
speed for rough grinding but just a little 
fast for the way I like to work. My 
upright machine shown in ihe fourth 
installment of this series in the July 



DRAWING #3 




ADJUSTO-ARM 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



BLADE® runs at 3665 SFM. It has a 
1750-RPM motor turning an 8-inch 
con Uict/d rive wheel. 

Go lo the web site www.cary corpora- 
tion, com/databk/calculalor for a SFM 
calculator. Just punch in the diameter 
and RPM and it gives you the SFM. 

The drive wheel was on a gear-motor 
thai 1 bought at a yard sale. It was out of 
round, so I had to turn it on my antique 
lathe to get it running true. 

The serrated-contact-wheel tire illus- 
trated herein was rescued from a scrap 
pile. It is the type found on some Wilton 
Square Wheel grinders. The hub came 
from another source and by pure luck 
they matched perfectly. See page 63 of 
Koval's new catalog of knifemaker 
supplies for a similar wheel. For a cata- 
log call (800) 556-4837. 

The tracking/contact wheel runs on a 
water-pump-type bearing (see Drawing 
#2). The diameter of the bearing housing 
is 1.181 inch, which is just under I 3/16 
inches. The shaft is 5/16 inch in diameter. 
The bearing is found in many commer- 
cial contact wheels. The back of the bear- 
ing shaft is ground flat where it contacts 
the support bar. The "X" in the illustra- 
tion shows the boll head that makes the 
pivot point for the tracking adjustment. 
The rubber/steel rim was a remnant from 
a manufacturing operation. I bored it out 
for a press fit on the bearing. The rest of 
the picture explains itself. 

Next issue: Big Red will be decked out 
with all "his " attachments. 

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Knife Talk 




The failure of an inferior blade is 
worse than having no blade at all 



By Ed Fowler 
ABS master smith 




124/ BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



Sounds; they come in all sizes, 
from the clap of thunder to the 
sound of silence. Some are pleas- 
ant, while others interrupt well-laid 
plans. The loudest sounds of all are 
those paired with high expectations. 
The hollow click of a firing pin on a 
dead cartridge at the crucial moment of 
the hunt is a prime example. 

To me, just as devastating is the 
map of a knife blade in the middle of a 
task. 

Many years ago, a fellow deputy 
sheriff and I were in the process of 
arresting one of the county's less-than- 
desirable felons, his hair-triggered 
proclivity for violence well known. My 
partner and I had a warrant for armed 
robbery from a distant county on the 
suspect, though the felon was unaware 
of the warrant. 

Earlier in the day I had contacted a 
neighbor of the suspect and requested 
that she call should he come home. 
That evening she telephoned, saying 
that the suspect had returned home, 
looked like he had been drinking and 
that he was alone. Wanting to take him 
alive and peacefully, if possible, my 
partner and I watched his house from a 
distance until he had time to settle 
down. We quietly approached his 
house on foot. Looking through the 
bedroom window, we could see him 
sleeping, a mostly empty bottle of wine 
at his side and a .45 ACP pistol on the 
table next to his bed. 

The situation was perfect. If we 
could get to him while he was sound 
sleep, we very possibly would have the 
handcuffs on him before he could wake 
up. While my fellow officer watched 
the suspect through the bedroom 
window, I returned to the patrol car to 
get my lock picks so I could pick the 
front door lock. 

Soon after reaching the car, 1 
became concerned when I noticed that 
my tension wrench was missing from 
the leather pouch that held the picks. 
As very little torque is required to pick 
a lock, I decided to use my brand new, 
high-ticket pocketknife as a tension 
wrench on the keyway. 

Opening the blade to 45 degrees, I 
inserted the tip into the keyway. I held 
the pocketknife between my index 
finger and thumb and applied a mini- 
mum amount of torque to the blade. 
The tip broke like a piece of glass and 
the pocketknife fell to the hollow, 
wooden porch floor with what could 
conservatively be described as one of 
the loudest sounds I have ever heard. I 
immediately stepped to the side, drew 
my revolver and waited. After the echo 
subsided. I checked my fellow officer. 

Using a pocketknife blade as a makeshift 
tension wrench, the author snapped off 
the tip when he "applied a minimum 
amount of torque" to it 

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who gave me the OK sign. I returned to 
the patrol car. rummaged through my 
briefcase, found my tension wrench 
and returned to pick the lock. From 
that point on, all went as planned and 
the suspect awoke wearing my Peerless 
handcuffs. 



"The blade tip broke 
like a piece of glass." 

— the author 



Some might claim that my use of 
the pocketknife as a tension wrench 
was an act of heresy and abuse. I 
strongly believe thai each knife I carry 
should be up to any task I may need to 
accomplish. To me, the knife is a tool 
to serve man and, if it lacks the quali- 
ties expected, it is a failure. The failure 
of an inferior tool is worse than having 
no tool at all, for you depend on it and, 
therefore, may not have a substitute 
readily available. The consequences 

The spears used by Tigeros to keep big 
cats at bay were designed with a cross 
piece forged as a part of the base of a 
spear blade. The blacksmith who made 
the spears had to know what he was 
doing. Should the spear break, the Tigero 
would have been at the mercy of the cat. 
(artist's rendition of this 17-inch spear 
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The late Peter Hathaway Capstick wrote Death In the Silent Places, in which he described 
the Tigero, a man who hunted big cats and the spear he used to hunt them. The spear 
had to be tough and could not break for the hunter to keep a big cat at bay. Here is 
Capstick with the piece he carried— a Swiss Army knife. 



I hut cascade from the use of a tool thai 
fails may be insignificant, merely 
inconvenient or fatal. One day I would 
like to see all loots of man rated for 
reliability at the time of purchase; this 
would allow ihe huyer to knowledgea- 
hly select a tool of the level of quality 
he expects. 



"I would like to see all 

tools of man rated for 

reliability at the time 

of purchase." 

— the author 



Big Cat Blade 

The fact that many tools, in this case 
knives or steel blades, have had to face 
extreme tests of reliability for hundreds 
of years is manifest in the literature of 
past times and gives some clues as to 



the challenges faced by some early 
blacksmiths. 

1 just finished reading Peter Hatha- 
way Capstick's book. Death in the 
Silent Places, In one chapter he 
describes a Tigero (in this case, Alex- 
ander "Sasha" Siemel. 1890-1970). a 
man who hunts big cats — up to 400 
pounds, some even larger — with a 
spear. The events described occurred 
in the late 1800s and early 1900s when 
big cats were considered vermin in 
Africa and South America. The spears 
used by Tigeros were designed with a 
cross piece forged as a pari of Ihe base 
of a spear blade, in this case a 14-inch 
one. The cross piece functioned as a 
stop to keep Ihe skewered cal from 
running down the spear and shredding 
the man who held it. Once the Tigero 
had the eat on the end of his spear, he 
could keep the animal at bay and lever 
the double-edge blade around in the 
cat to do as much damage as possible. 
If necessary, the Tigero would with- 
draw the spear and lance the cat in a 
more lethal location. 



126 /BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 2000 



Imagine, if you will, the strength and 
toughness of a hlade required to with- 
stand the leverage needed in such an 
event: on one end of the spear a 170- 
pound man, on the other a 200-pound 
cat. five limes as strong as the man, each 
of the combatants fighting to the death 
with all the power, skill and adrenaline 
at his command. The blacksmith who 
made the spear had to know what he 
was doing. Should the spear break, the 
cat might suffer a lingering death later, 
but the Tigero would have known the 
full fury of the cat and. in all probability, 
died almost immediately. As most of 
this kind of hunting was done in dense 
brush, tall grass and afoot, the spear 
could not be too heavy, not only to 
conserve the strength of the Tigero, but 
it had to be light and balanced in order 
to be quick — in this case, quicker than a 
cat. 



"Plowshares will not 
be forged into missiles, 
aircraft or computers." 

— the author 



Modern man lives in an age where 
many weapons and tools are born and 
nurtured by high technology. No longer 
does man's national defenses depend 
on the skills of the 18th-century black- 
smith. Plowshares will not be forged 
into missiles, aircraft or computers. 
People tend to look to technology and 
science for solutions to the challenges 
they face. Technology and science do 
well on the technical stuff, but when it 
comes down to one of man's most basic 
and useful tools, the knife, modern man 
has not surpassed what the blacksmith 
of yesterday in many countries 
achieved — the knife absolutely devoted 
to function. 

The handmade knives of today 
know many benefits that were unknown 
to the knives of yesterday. There is a 
large variety of steels from which to 
choose, and they are better than ever. 
A vast degree of technical information 
is available at man's fingertips or the 
local library, a great advantage over the 
village blacksmith hundreds of years 
ago who had to discover most of his 
techniques solely on his own. Today, 
many willingly share information 
instantaneously with other knifemakers 
thousands of miles away, to the benefit 
of the knife itself, the skills of the indi- 
vidual craftsman, and the man who 
wants or needs the crcam-of-the-crop of 
contemporary handmade knives. The 
individual bladesmilh of today is 
limited only by his dedication, curiosity, 
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ILD DIRECTION 



■ By Al Pendray 
Knifemakers' Guild president 



Last Call tor 
Cutlery in 
Crescent City 

Don't miss the final lap of the 
Guild Show's New Orleans run 
July 21-23 



It's that time again — time for The 
Knifemakers' Guild Show, to be held 
at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans 
July 21-23, You can lake in the historical 
city, sample the local cuisine and attend 
the greatest custom knife show, with 3(H) 
plus tables of the finest custom knife- 
makers to be gathered at one venue. 

Makers from most of the USA, along 
with those from England, Japan, Russia, 
South Africa, Italy, France, the Nether- 
lands ant! Germany wifl attend. Their 
work will include hunting and fishing 
knives, miniatures, art knives, folders, 
howies, daggers, swords and much more. 
Prices will range from those for low-end 
using knives to high-end art pieces, 
["here also will be collections on display 
of some of the best Guild member 
knives, the Sue Drouin collection of 
early Guild member knives among them. 

If you are looking for knifemaking 
supplies or just want to see the materials 
the makers use. the Guild associate 
members who are knifemaking suppliers 
will have a large selection of handle 
materials, steels and grinding supplies. 

Plan on attending all three days as it 
takes that long to visit each and every 
table. This year there will be daily draw- 
ings for a $100 voucher to be used for 
buying knives at the show. The vouchers 
can be passed on to a friend if you do not 
see something you want, if you have to 
leave the show early, etc. There will be 




Each honorary member of 

The Knifemakers' Guild 

who attends the show and 

enters the drawing stands 

to win one of these four 

knives by, clockwise from 

upper left: an engraved 

tockback by Robert L. 

Merz III; Ed Kalfayan's big 

damascus D-guard bowie; 

Jay Hendrlckson's 25th 

anniversary carved-maple 

and silver- wire-inlaid 

hunter; and Van Barnett's 

high-end art folder. 

(Weyer photo) 



25 of the vouchers issued each day, so 
there should be a lot of smiling faces. 
The show's usual sharp door prizes also 
will be given away. 

Who'll Win A Knife? 

Guild honorary members will have a 



"Makers from the USA, England, Japan, Russia, 

South Africa, Italy, France, the Netherlands and 

Germany will attend." — the author 



chance lo draw for four knives used in 
the Guild's advertising for this year's 
show. The knives include a damascus 
blade engraved and textured with I4k- 
and 24k-goId by Van Burnett. Another is 
one of Jay Hendrickson's black kettle 
skinners with 5160 steel. The handle is 
maple carved with leaves and inlaid with 
silver wire, and a nickel-silver escutch- 
eon, guard and butt plate. The knife is 
marked "Hendrickson 25 Years" to 
commemorate Jay's quarter-century of 
knifemaking. 

The third knife honorary members 



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will be be drawing for is an 11 -inch D- 
guard bowie by Ed Kalfayan. with a blade 
of Devin Thomas stainless damascus in a 
ladder pattern. The handle is fossil walrus 
ivory with mokume by Mike Sakmar The 
fourth knife is a beautiful front-lock 
folder by Robert L. Merz HI. with a 
mastodon ivory handle featuring engrav- 
ing by Tanya Van Hoy. To be eligible for 
the drawings, an honorary member needs 
only drop a business card or his name and 
address on a piece of paper in a special 
box on secretary/treasurer Frank Cento- 
fante's table at the show. To become an 
honorary member, you must have a 
voting member as a sponsor and you must 
pay a fee of $ 1 0, each of which you can do 
during the show to be eligible for the 
drawing. 

New Knifemaking Members 
The Guild welcomes its probationary 
members, 44 of whom will be considered 
for voting membership status at the 
show's Saturday night business meeting. I 
would like to take this opportunity, along 
with the rest of the Guild board of direc- 
tors, to welcome the Guild's newest 
members. The Guild also will be inviting 
25 applicants to become probationary 
members. This will be the applicants' first 
show, so all Guild members need to be 
helpful in making this a great experience 
for them. 



"There will be daily 
drawings for a $100 
voucher to be used for 
buying knives at the 
show." — the author 



For reservations at the Marriott for 
the show, call (800) 654-3990 or (504) 
581-1000. Delta Air Lines is the show's 
official airline. Contact it at (800) 241- 
6760 for night information. Mention file 
#158868A for a special ticket discount. 

Come by my table just to say hello 
and try to visit all the Guild board 
members' tables — MeK'in Pardue. Wayne 
Henstey, Steve Jernigan, Warren 
Osborne, Bob Tcrzuola and Frank Cento- 
fante — during the show. We will try to 
help you in any way possible. 

For more show information contact At 
Pendrav, Dept. BL9, 13950 NE 20th. 
WiUiston, FL 32696 (352) 528-6124 
(phone or fax). Blade 




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Wragg Time! 

A.D. Rardon's repro of a 19th-century folding bowie 
blends an old design with modern materials 



By BLADE® staff 

A gold-lip-pearl handle with period 
bolsters east by Joe Szilaski and 
Devin Thomas damascus on a 
front-heavy blade mesh magnificently via 
the handmade genius of A.D. Rardon in 
a stalely reproduction of a Samuel C. 
Wragg folding bowie. 

Spec Check 

Knife Samuel C. Wragg folding 

bowie repro 

Maker A.D. Rardon 

Blade Steel Devin Thomas damas- 



Wragg. for the uninitiated, made 
bowies in Sheffield, England, circa 1830- 
1860, according to Levine's Guide To 
Knives. Rardon first saw a repro of the 
knife in a Smoky Mountain Knife Works 
catalog. "I lore the kniTe apart and made 
one like it," the veteran Guild member 
recounted. "I sold it to a collector who 
wants me to make another one like it 
with goid bolsters and a black-lip-pearl 
handle, 

"Some of the original Wragg pieces 
were automatics," Rardon continued. 
"They had two blades and the small 
blade operated the big blade. You would 



compress the small blade and that would 
release the big one." In fact, A.D. said 
the rear bolster of his repro is based on 
that of one of the l<hh-ccnlury autos 
pictured in "Antique — Spring Steel" by 
Dr. Pete MeMickle in The Newsletter. 
According to McMickle's story, the origi- 
nal dies were "cast of iron and burnished 
to establish the crisp detail necessary to 
produce the extraordinary bolsters and 
pommels." 

For more information contact A.D. 
Rardon, Dcpt. BL9. !5H9 SE Price, 1'oh. 
MO 64671 (660) 354-2330. Blade 




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